No-one’s Ready For Their Close-Up Any More, Mr De Mille…

In the comments to this post, microdave pointed out another recent ‘no photography of nativity plays!’ case.

Jane Worsdale, headteacher of Dussindale Primary School, said the ban had been imposed because there were a number of parents and carers who did not want their children to be photographed by other parents for “very good safeguarding reasons.”

“We don’t want to single out and remove the same children every time which is why we have asked parents not to take photos at school events,” she said.

Typical school response – to ‘single out’ these children might make them feel different, so the only logical approach is to restrict the freedom of everyone else.

“As a school, we want to ensure parents still have memories of their children’s achievements and we are looking at how we can take our own photographs and make these available to parents – this way the school can ensure all children are treated in the same way and all parents and carers are able to have a keepsake of school events.”

The State school motto: No-one must ever stand out or be different!

The piece attracted 30 comments (at the time of writing), some of them supportive of the schools stance, and some of them quite bizarre in their condemnation of any suggestions for resolving the impasse:

“You also totally contradict the argument by suggesting that photos be made available for free download online!! Are you insane? You may as well advertise the childrens photos to the unsavoury types who may use these pictures sinister purposes.””I can understand how disappointing it must be but is your right to take a photo more important than a child’s right to be safe?”

Once again, the ‘paedo fear’ rears its ugly head…

We also hear from the mother who objected to the rules and is the focus of the newspaper article

“If 10 parents stood up and took their cameras to july’s sports day then i bet no one would front them. But because i did in December and the only one, a father came up to me and said ‘y do u think ur special’ I don’t think im special, my children are.”

Note the immediate accusation – your children are different, they stand out, you’re going against the rules, this must not be allowed.

When did we start growing into such a nation of stupid sheep, forever looking to ‘the authorities’ for advice and guidance?

14 comments for “No-one’s Ready For Their Close-Up Any More, Mr De Mille…

  1. June 29, 2011 at 11:09 am

    1946

    • June 30, 2011 at 5:44 am

      You’re probably right… 😥

    • DavidNcl
      July 1, 2011 at 7:45 am

      January 1909.

  2. Paul
    June 29, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Again, that’s what it’s really about – over so many things, it’s not that what you’re doing will cause anyone else any harm, ‘offence’ or will even have anything remotely to do with them. It’s the simple act of displaying independence of thought and deed that these people fear and hate. They fear people being people. They want everyone to be the same, think the same, act the same.

    Which is why I have a massive distrust of communitarianism. In the UK, it’s nothing less than evil. It’s authoritarian ‘community’ without a functioning civic life. So really it’s a set of corralled, controlled sheep who are unable to relate to one another because they’re told not to.

    We’re told to make friends only through the state, never to speak to anyone, never to trust anyone, everyone is out to get you – but the State will look after you…

    • June 30, 2011 at 5:47 am

      Spot on! It’s creepy, isn’t it, how they’ve managed to make this seem normal, and how so many people seem to be willing to go along with it?

  3. June 29, 2011 at 11:42 am

    “we are looking at how we can take our own photographs and make these available to parents” … ah, sell them they mean. 🙂

    • June 30, 2011 at 5:50 am

      Indeed. Only State-approved photos, comrade! Anything else is clearly subversion…

  4. Jeremy Poynton
    June 29, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    1997, I would say

    • June 30, 2011 at 5:51 am

      No, it (the rot) started much, much further back than that.

  5. Wolfie
    June 29, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    The tyranny of the stupid.

    Democracy eats itself.

  6. nisakiman
    June 29, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    “…You may as well advertise the childrens photos to the unsavoury types who may use these pictures sinister purposes.””I can understand how disappointing it must be but is your right to take a photo more important than a child’s right to be safe?”

    Ye Gods, what depths have we sunk to? A paedo under every bed? The fourth estate has a lot to answer for. “Reality” and “The Common Man” can no longer be worked into the same sentence it seems.

  7. Maaarrghk!
    June 30, 2011 at 6:53 am

    I must admit to being a bit supportive of some of these bans when they first started to happen.

    Nothing worse than trying to watch the skool play when some burk with a video camera is leaping about filming their kiddie.

    But I can’t really see any sense in using a peadophile arguement – are all parents now intent on having sex with other peoples kids?

    And what if (by a zillion to one chance) some perv does take a photo which happens to have my child in the frame? So what? In precisely what way does this put my child at risk?

  8. June 30, 2011 at 6:59 am

    very good safeguarding reasons

    Are we in the first throes of a matriarchy?

  9. Maaarrghk!
    June 30, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Yes James.

    Indeed.

    What are they?

    A bit thick me.

    I need them spelling out in simple terms.

    Anyone?

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