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rescued 5-year-old boy from school tree

Posted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:53 am
by falkor
By Richard Smith 25/03/2010

A woman who rescued a boy of five stuck in a tree at school was reported to police.
Passer-by Kim Barrett, 38, saw the lad in the 20ft-high branches with no sign of a responsible adult.

Staff had left the boy and retreated inside the building - to abide by health and safety rules.

Image Kim Barrett, 38, saw the lad
And when Kim helped him to safety, she was treated like an intruder. She said yesterday: "I stopped to ask the boy if he was OK.

"It became clear he had been there since the end of playtime, around half an hour earlier. I was immediately concerned."

She entered the grounds, helped the boy down from about 6ft up and took him into the school.

Kim, who has a daughter aged six at a different school, recalled: "I told the associate head I thought it was a serious incident and he said his only concern was me trespassing."

That night, a letter from the head was posted through Kim's door to say the school had contacted police.

A Community Support Officer visited her the next day to explain she had been trespassing. Kim said: "I felt really angry. I saved the school and this boy from what could have been far worse.

"Instead of thanking me, I was under investigation. Ridiculous."

Head Beverley Martin confirmed the policy at the 213-pupil Manor Church of England primary in Melksham, Wilts, forbids staff from helping children stuck up trees.

Instead they should "observe from a distance so the child does not get distracted and fall".

The head added: "This child was being observed at all times during this very short incident."

Re: rescued 5-year-old boy from school tree

Posted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:35 pm
by Paxovasa
If they where observing the child, how could a member of public help the child down and then enter the school. :?

Whatever happened to common sense?

Re: rescued 5-year-old boy from school tree

Posted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:09 am
by mj12cz
Sorry but WTF, I would be reporting the school for neglect!