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UK Daily Mail
July 5, 2010

A couple who let their two young children cycle to their private school have been warned they could be reported to social services unless they supervise the journey.

Oliver and Gillian Schonrock let their son and daughter, five and eight respectively, make the one-mile trip from their home on their own.

They say it helps to teach the youngsters independence, self-confidence and responsibility.

But other parents and teachers at £12,000-a-year Alleyn’s Junior School in Dulwich, south east London, are said to think the practice is irresponsible and dangerous.

Headteacher Mark O’Donnell has met with Mr and Mrs Schonrock and told them the school is under an obligation to consider the children’s safety and has a legal responsibility to notify the council if they fear it is being put at risk.

Mr Schonrock, 40, the managing director of an e-commerce company who walked alone to school as a boy, said: ‘We wanted to recreate the simple freedom of our children.

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