In Wiltshire, England, school staff left a five-year-old boy stranded in a tree for 45 minutes because the school’s “health and safety policy” barred them from helping him down. When a woman passing by rescued the boy and returned him to class, she was reported to the police for trespassing.
The head teacher said the staff followed the policy to “observe from a distance” so the child would not get “distracted and fall.”
Kim Barrett, 38, said the boy couldn’t have been seen from the school building. When she returned him, nobody seemed to know he’d never come in from recess. She spotted the boy sitting on a branch more than six feet high overhanging the sidewalk.
The head teacher says Barrett was “verbally aggressive” to a school staffer when she charged the boy had been abandoned. Perhaps she was.
During a fire drill at an English middle school in Worcester, students watched a gunman kill a teacher. The mock shooting was supposed to be a science lesson “to teach Year 8 pupils how to investigate, collect facts and analyse evidence.” The headmaster apologized, suggesting that students wouldn’t have been so upset if the fake victim had been a less popular teacher.
New York Magazine asks: “They couldn’t have just pretended to lose the class rabbit or something?”