The mother was photographed by a furious fellow parent, also waiting outside Macaulay Primary Academy, in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, perched on railing with a can of lager in one hand and a cigarette in the other. This is from the Daily Mail…
The photograph also drew the condemnation of the school’s headteacher Julie Saunders who said she has since spoken to the parents involved.
She said: ‘Clearly this is not the sort of thing we want to see outside the school; it is not a good example. It is the first time this has happened. I have spoken to the parents about it and have had a positive response.
‘If there are any more reports like this, I shall be speaking to the PCSOs for the area.’
Mrs Saunders highlighted the rules for parents dropping off and collecting children from the school, adding: ‘I do not allow smoking on our site and I have a code of conduct for parents because they come into the school.
‘There is a level of behaviour which is not accepted. We do not allow smoking and there is no shouting or swearing or physical abuse and parents are not allowed to come in under the influence of drink or drugs.’
North East Lincolnshire Councillor Ian Lindley, said that the mother’s behaviour sends out the wrong kind of message to children at the school.
He said: ‘We don’t like to dictate to parents about smoking and drinking, but they have to be reasonable where they do it.
‘We are always trying to promote healthy lifestyles, particularly with children.
‘Drinking in public, which we see a lot of on the West Marsh, is a difficult issue.
‘All we can do is try to discourage people because it sends out the wrong message to young people that it is somehow socially acceptable.’…
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