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Primary School Forced Boys To Wear Sign Saying: 'I Am Going To The Toilet'

14/08/2014 16:59 | Updated 20 May 2015

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A primary school has been accused of humiliating pupils by forcing them to wear a sign around their necks reading: "I am going to the toilet."

Staff at Ashbrook Junior School in Borrowash, Derbyshire, made 10 and 11-year-olds march to the lavatory with a label round their necks to improve discipline.

Only one boy at a time was allowed to use the toilet because of 'mess and damage', including urinating on seats and the floor.

The practice came to light when Thomas Hayes, 11, was pictured wearing the sign by his shocked sister Sophie, 16, who came to pick him up on Tuesday.

Their dad Darren compared the practice to something you might see in a 'Victorian workhouse'. He told The Sun: "I'm livid that the school did a humiliating thing like this to Thomas and his classmates.

"It's disgusting and degrading - the kind of thing you'd expect in a Victorian workhouse, not a school in 2014.

"I've told other parents about it and like me they had no idea this was being done. People are furious and I've no idea what the head and teachers thought they were playing at. That sign needs ripping up and chucking in the bin."

Headteacher Mell Julian said the rule had been scrapped but they were still looking at 'alternatives' because of problems when more than one boy was in the toilets.

She said: "We have had some issues recently with the way the Year 6 boys have been behaving in the toilets. Some doors were damaged and sinks and toilets have been blocked leading to the toilet block flooding.

"To address this issue we produced a sign for boys to carry to the toilet to help us check that only one pupil was in there at a time. One of our parents expressed concern with the signs and we immediately stopped using them.

"We are currently reviewing our procedures in light of the concerns raised. We are sorry if this has caused any distress or upset."

Dad-of-six Darren, 47, said he is taking the matter up with school governors and the county council.

He said: "I've told other parents about it and like me they had no idea this was being done.

"People are furious and I've no idea what the head and teachers thought they were playing at. That sign needs ripping up and chucking in the bin."

He added: "It was outrageous to make young lads who just needed the toilet parade around branded like that. Thomas said other kids laughed at them and it was very embarrassing.

"When Sophie showed me the photo I thought it was some kind of prank.

"But Thomas said it was because some boys had peed on the toilet seat and floor and teachers wanted to know who was in there at any one time."

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