Muggings force top school to ban blazers

The Mail is reporting that pupils at St Paul’s School have been banned from displaying their uniform outside the school gates after an apparent wave of street robberies in the area…

…parents at the £22,000-a-year establishment have been urged to buy hooded tops for their sons so they blend in more easily with the local youths.

It is understood that criminal gangs have been targeting the pupils in the belief that they are likely to be carrying expensive smartphones.

The mother of one young robbery victim said: ‘If anything, they could get into trouble with teachers for keeping their uniform on these days. The mugging problem has become very bad lately. There have been at least 14 that I know of.’

The concerned parent said teachers now patrolled Hammersmith Bridge because most pupils have to walk across it every day and the muggers wait at either end knowing they have no escape.

‘They know these children have the best iPhones or the best laptops and iPads,’ she added…

The rules state that boys are required to wear charcoal grey trousers with a plain white shirt and a school tie corresponding with their house for most of the time, adding the famous black blazer for formal events.

Now they have been told to cover up the ties and are also allowed to exchange their black leather shoes for trainers to walk home in…

A school source said the no-uniform policy had been in place for six months, and in that time, the number of muggings had fallen significantly.

The source added: ‘All pupils are now told never to leave the premises wearing their blazers. We encourage them to wear overcoats or hoodies once they leave the grounds in order to keep themselves safe.’…

More at: Muggings force top school to ban blazers: Pupils at £22,000 a year St Paul’s School once attended by George Osborne urged to wear hoodies to blend in with local youths

 

Prudent measures but pretty awful situation. Any others schools facing similar issues? Please share in the comments or via Twitter…

 

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