Today’s Editorial January 19: Late pick-ups aren’t tolerated

Parents taking advantage of public education by leaving their children in school after hours should be ashamed.

They’re not only doing a disservice to the teachers and school staff who, out of the goodness of their hearts, stick around after school to watch over these children.

To learn that some children were being left at school until as late as 7pm was appalling.

What message are those parents sending to their children?

It certainly isn’t one of love, caring and concern.

Having a child is not only a huge responsibility, it’s a blessing and we should treat our children as such.

We understand that parents have to work outside of the home to make ends meet, especially in these times when the cost of living is so high.

But really, how difficult is it to make arrangements for a trusted friend or family member to pick up your child if you can’t pull yourself away from your desk when it’s time to pick up your child?

Children left behind at Red Bay Primary have been caught vandalizing property, bullying, fighting and other acts that are a direct result of being unsupervised.

If they’re getting the message from their parents that it’s OK to disregard others, then they will have not problem disregarding school property.

The staff at Red Bay Primary has taken measures to stop parents’ bad behaviour and any parents or guardians who continue to be late fetching their children will be reported to Social Services for child neglect.

We hope it doesn’t come to that.

Once Social Services gets involved parents could face having their children taken away from them.

Is being late worth that?

We don’t think so.

So parents, be put on notice.

The Community Officer at Red Bay Primary is taking names and making a record of habitual offenders.

Make arrangements to have your children picked up in a timely manner.

Show them – and the people who are educating them – that you care.

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