A Headteacher at a school in Oldham, sent a letter to all parents, warning them that if they didn’t obey lockdown rules, their children would be withdrawn from the school. Martine Buckley, headteacher at Yew Tree Community School in Oldham, said she knew that families were mixing with other households, because children had told her so. She said that staff at the primary school are “putting their own safety at risk” to teach the pupils and “should be confident” that parents are following the measures. She wrote:
“Our teachers and support staff are putting their own safety at risk to look after your children and they should be confident that you are doing your bit to follow the lockdown rules. I am afraid that I will have to withdraw the offer of a place in school to children whose parents are putting us in danger.”
It hasn’t been determined whether or not the children were asked about the behaviour of their parents, or if they volunteered the information themselves. If it’s the former, it’s chilling. History teaches us that when children are asked to inform on their parents, it doesn’t end well. I think it’s likely that the teacher solicited the information from the youngsters. In the letter she describes the pupils as “open and honest.” Honest implies strongly, that they were asked to inform on their parents. But that’s just my guess. I don’t know that for sure. Children’s lives have been turned upside down by lockdown restrictions. They’ll never be the same again.