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?