Daughter had a similar experience

IN response to last week's headline re: 'Boy's Party Ban', I felt compelled to write to you. My daughter had a similar experience with Walliscote School. Our little grandson

IN response to last week's headline re: 'Boy's Party Ban', I felt compelled to write to you. My daughter had a similar experience with Walliscote School. Our little grandson was only four years and two months old when he started school there. I thought he was far too young to start. He was the youngest in the class. One day he also had a bit of an outburst, as most children do, and my daughter was called upon to take him out of school because of it. My husband went to pick him up and couldn't believe what he was hearing. The teacher branded him a bully and disruptive and said he lashed out at her. Don't they realise that's what most children do when angry? Don't they get training to deal with problems like this? My husband told them that all they taught him that day was, if he was naughty and played up, he would go home early.What was pitiful was as my grandson was walking out of school he looked up at granddad and asked "why am I going home?" They go to school far too early and the teachers need to get training to overcome these problems, not ban the child from school. We are glad our grandson does not go to Walliscote School anymore.MRS S CONWAY - Spring Valley, MiltonEVERYONE needs to learn children are children and at four years old are only just starting to learn. The headteacher of Walliscote School should be ashamed of what has happened. This is a child not an adult and the Government is to blame by putting children into school too early. Walliscote needs to learn no matter how many OFSTED reports you get, bullying children is serious.I will be writing to OFSTED myself on this. Lukas Butler deserved to be treated as a four-year-old should. He is a little boy and should be given some respect. Walliscote should not get away with this attitude. We as parents are behind Lukas's parents every step of the way.MICHELLE COLLINS - Via emailIN THE 18 years I've been buying the Weston Mercury, I have never felt the absolute urge to complain about one of your articles, until now.I really do feel that you have slandered the name of Walliscote and all it stands for, knowing full well that the school would be unable to comment on individual pupils and their issues.Walliscote School is an excellent school which, even under extreme pressure of being a town centre school, is always improving standards and has a teaching team that any school would be proud of.In the 10 years that at least one of my three children have been attending Walliscote, I have never known a pupil to be unfairly treated, in fact, I would go as far as to say, sometimes they're too fair and give too many chances. This child would not have been taken out of the school environment lightly. J WILLIAMS - Newland Road, Weston


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