Parents have accused teachers of getting drunk and fighting on a school trip to Barcelona. The incident has apparently left pupils shaken, with one member of staff sporting a black eye.
The incident is said to have taken place during a sports tour to Spain, with roughly 75 boys and girls from the Stanley Park High School in Carshalton arriving in the Catalan capital to play football and netball.Pupils enjoyed visits to the Nou Camp football ground and a local waterpark, but parents say the trip then descended into chaos when some of the accompanying staff members 'overindulged' at the bar.
Children reported hearing foul language as teachers traded insults - and then started trading blows in a drunken scuffle.
A parent came forward after the trip, which took place at the end of May, to complain to the local newspaper about the incident. The parent told the Sutton Guardian that they had received a text from their daughter saying that she was 'scared to sleep' because of 'drunk teachers fighting'.
"She said they were all teachers and were calling each other very rude words," the parent said. "They hit each other and the students were all very scared.
"One [teacher] came away with a black eye."
The parent also alleged that a pupil who was unwell was unable to receive her medication because the teacher who was looking after it had joined other staff members out drinking.
A spokesperson for the school did not offer any more details or names of the staff involved.
"We are taking the complaint extremely seriously and are currently conducting an internal investigation; appropriate action will be taken if necessary," the school said in their statement.