English are quickly replacing the Russians for mindless bureaucracy. Here is the latest. The teachers at Manor School in Melksham, Wiltshire found a child had climbed a 20 foot tree. However, health and school policy barred them from rescuing the child so, under the policy, they retreated to inside the school to observe. When Kim Barrett, 38, (a mother with a six-year-old child at a different school) passed by, she immediately rescued the child. The teachers then promptly called police to have her charged with trespass.
The child had been up in the tree for 45 minutes before being rescued. What is astonishing is that the policy requires withdrawal instead of, at a minimum, standing below the tree to speak with the children and possibly catch him if he falls.
The school insists that she “approached the school in an inappropriate way” and they asked her to leave the premise. She argued with them, noting that there was a boy up in a 20 foot tree. She had words with the teacher before taking it upon herself to rescue the boy.
The school also insisted “The safety of our pupils is our priority and we would like to make it clear that this child was being observed at all times during this very short incident.” They would have seen the entire fall and be able to call the hospital immediately.
Both the police and the school insist that it was Barrett who was in the wrong.
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