A Melbourne primary school has sparked outrage after its sensational and unprecedented move to ban students.
Over the past few years, schools across the country have introduced many contentious bans including leather balls, hugging, cartwheels, handstands, loom bands and one school, Mt Martha Primary, banned all physical contact between students.
The Principal of East Melbourne Primary College, Ms Pamela Jenkins, announced this morning that their school was going one step further and banning students altogether.
The radical new policy has been introduced ‘to improve the safety of students and staff,’ after several unfortunate incidents including a grade four student hyper-extending his elbow after becoming overexcited at knowing the answer to a question, a prep student citing emotional distress after receiving a moon stamp instead of the more coveted star stamp and finally, a teacher who was forced to apologise to a parent after giving a grade six female student a detention for twerking in PE class.
Ms Jenkins explained on Melbourne radio, ‘We feel that in the current environment we cannot fully guarantee the safety of all children, or our staff and we believe the most sensible course of action, in moving forward, is to ban students from attending school, in case they injure themselves or somebody else.’
Parents at the school have largely welcomed the ban. Many feel vindicated, having for months expressed their concerns over an increase in dangerous activities at the school including children walking, talking, reading, thinking and eating their lunch.
Sandhra Benson-Dowdy-Henderson-Smythe, mother of six year old Ty-Kai-Jayleigh said she felt far more comfortable knowing that her daughter would be home all day and not exposed to the dangers of the school environment.
‘It’s incredible you know, like the other day Ty-Kai-Jayleigh come home crying, one of the other boys got a paper cut and then a Mr. Strong band aid. My TKJ was so upset that she didn’t get a band aid too. And then, like the next day, one of the boys forgot to put his lunch in the class fridge and then couldn’t eat it, in case he got like food poisoning and stuff. His mum had to come all the way from Centrelink, where she’d been waiting for 50 minutes to get him some lunch money.’
The teaching staff at East Melbourne Primary College have welcomed the ban, saying classes will be much easier to prepare for and control, now that they are free of students.