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School bans parents from throwing kids over locked gate if they arrive late
November 12, 2020
Some parents struggling to get their kids into school on time have been resorting to desperate measures to make the 8:30am deadline.
Trillade primary school in Avignon, southern France, has put up a series of hilarious notices showing an adult throwing a small child.
The signs warn under-pressure parents not to throw their little darlings over the six-foot-high steel fence.
While some schools operate a more lenient policy for latecomers, opening the gates again if parents drop them off shortly after the cutoff time, the Trillade school operates a zero-tolerance policy.
Sanaa Meziane, the school’s head teacher, said staff were tired of “irresponsible” parents doing so in their rush to work when running late.
She told The Times : “Parents arriving after the bell were literally throwing their kids."
She added that while pupils weren't “regularly” being thrown over the fence, it was an area of concern and she feared it was only a matter of time before a child was injured.
The “no throwing” notice at Trillade includes instructions to latecomers to come back at 10am or 3pm when the gates are reopened. Disputes between parents and schools over gate rules are commonplace.
Ms Meziane said that even if the child-throwing stops, she plans to leave the warning notices up – “We’ll leave them as a kind of reminder,” she said.
Many schools in France have installed elaborate security measures after a wave of terrorist attacks, which have resulted in eight deaths and fourteen deaths in this year alone.
Teachers in many schools are forbidden from leaving classrooms once the gates are locked.
Abdoullakh Abouyedovich Anzorov, the Islamist assassin who beheaded teacher Samuel Paty in a Paris suburb had been waiting outside the Collège Bois-d’Aulne, in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, and asked pupils to identify his target, according to reports from anti-terrorism officials.