The Daily Mail reports that parents have been left furious after teachers staged a fake burglary while some children were unaware it was a hoax – leaving them scared to go into school.
Terrified pupils aged just nine and ten at a primary school in Bury, Manchester found their classrooms had been ransacked and iPads stolen when they returned from an assembly.
The elaborate ruse was carried out at Ribble Drive Community Primary School ahead of a writing exercise the following day – but some outraged parents claim they did not see a message from the school warning them.
The school said it sent a bulletin on the mobile phone app Dojo, however parent Valerie Morris, 50, claimed the app was not always effective and said many failed to receive the message.
Mrs Morris said her nine-year-old son Ben was upset by the hoax, “My first thought was “how did they get in?” The doors and gates are locked when the kids are in school.”
“It’s a huge worry. I was thinking about how [the intruders] could have had knives, or guns, or even bombs. You have to think of the effect it could have on their mental health too.”
Head teacher Kathryn Higson claimed parents had been forewarned via the app and said: ‘We need to look at the quality of the children’s writing that this exercise has produced, and from what I have seen so far, I have been very impressed.
‘We have not seen any evidence in school that the children have been scared. They were safe at all times.’
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