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Schools bar parents from sports day… to keep out paedophiles

Daily Mail [1]
Friday, July 3, 2009

Parents have been banned from attending their children’s sports day in an extraordinary measure to protect pupils from child abductors and paedophiles.

More than 270 pupils from four primary schools took part in the event – but there were no spectators because the organisers said they could not prevent ‘unsavoury’ characters from sneaking onto school grounds.

The decision to bar parents was made after a risk assessment concluded that Sandy Upper School in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, could not ‘guarantee the children’s safety’ when it hosted the athletics day.

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Parents have condemned the June 24 spectator ban as ‘health and safety gone mad’.

One mother, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘I was told that we could not come because there were so many children taking part.

Full story here. [1]