Children removed from classes after pornography row at primary school
A NORTH Cornwall couple removed their children from a primary school this week amid claims a pupil downloaded and printed a pornographic image and threatened to show it to their daughter.
Andrew and Susan Dowling claim staff at Launceston CP Windmill Hill Academy have not taken adequate action and are refusing to allow their three children to return to the school until the boy is removed.
The head teacher Carol Green would not comment on the specific accusation but told the Cornish Guardian in a statement: "An issue was raised at this school and we are satisfied that the very robust and stringent measures we have in place have dealt effectively with the situation.
"This has been agreed by other professionals and our legal department."
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Mrs Green said the matter was in the hands of Cornwall Council's social care and the legal department.
Mrs Dowling alleges the boy was viewing pornographic images of naked women at school and then printed them off.
"The school said that it could not have happened because of the filters on the computers but we understand the images were found by a member of staff," said Mrs Dowling.
She said the boy was excluded from school on Tuesday of last week but returned on Monday.
Mrs Dowling said her nine-year-old daughter was distressed by the alleged incident.
"She told her older sister, who is at Launceston College, and she told her she had to tell me what was worrying her.
"She said this boy was looking at sexual images with another lad, and that if she told anyone he would kill her.
"She didn't actually see the picture but the boy told her he had shown it to another pupil.
"The boy was excluded until the end of last week, and I told Mrs Green that if he comes back I will be removing my three children from the school.
"It shocked me and my husband. We monitor what the children see on their computer, even their social network sites."
On Monday the couple met with the head teacher at the school but said afterward the meeting that they were still not satisfied with the outcome.
"We will be keeping the children out of school until something is done."