Saturday, June 11, 2011

Primary school children ask parents not to swear in the playground

Pupils at a Hull primary school are urging foul-mouthed parents to clean up their language. Children at The Green Way Primary have complained to teachers about the grown-ups' language. Now, pupils are designing their own hand-drawn posters in a bid to shame the offenders.

Simon Bush, deputy head teacher of the 450-strong school, said it was important the problem is tackled swiftly. He said: "During a school council meeting a Year 6 boy said, 'We are very concerned about the amount of swearing in the playground.'

"I thought he meant other children's language but he was actually talking about the parents." Mr Bush stressed it is only a "very small minority" of parents who are guilty of using bad language in earshot of pupils. However, he said the school is determined to eradicate it.

Mr Bush said: "It is not a massive problem, but there are some parents who do use inappropriate language while picking up and collecting their children. This type of language is not acceptable in this environment. It is clear some pupils are offended. Obviously, we do not want children picking it up. It is a child-friendly zone and parents should use child-friendly language."

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