“…a lollipop lady must go who is not herself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid.”
Parents are calling for the return of a popular lollipop lady who quit following threats from abusive pupils.Waving their own signs saying “Come Back Jenny” and “We Miss Jenny” they staged a demonstration at the junction of Auckland Road and Sylvan Road, in Upper Norwood.
It’s come to this, has it? Good grief…
Parent Michelle Hubbard said: “We have realised that despite the long time we have known her and the help she has given our children, we didn’t get to know her other than as Jenny.“We are hoping she will learn of our campaign to persuade her come back.”
Well, hang on, if the problem is children, then..?
Oh. Wait. Not your children.
Ms Hubbard said they understood Jenny had quit after deciding she could no longer put up with verbal and threatened physical abuse from a small number of pupils attending the nearby Phil Edwards Pupil Referral Unit.
Ah. The penny drops…
She said they also understood the school had asked one particular pupil not to arrive at school while Jenny was on patrol, but even that had not been enough to persuade her to stay on.
‘Asked them’..? I’m, sorry? Am I reading this right?
A woman has had to quit her job because of the harassment from pupils from this benighted place, and the best you can do is ask them to knock it off..?
Another of the mums, Tracey Kan, said: “As well as making the placards, we have left messages on trees around the crossing saying ‘we miss you’.
“And we do really miss her, because she was there all the time to help. I often left little messages with her to pass on to my 12-year-old daughter.
“We feel she left because she just didn’t feel supported enough. I think we need to work hard with the school, the council and local people to ensure that she feels valued.”
Well, that’s nice, in a totally useless, ‘let’s all get together and have a hug’ way, but what about actually doing something about the source of the problem?
The Phil Edwards Pupil Referral Unit had not commented at the time of going to press.
And probably never will.