Local Weather

We're updating the forecasts - back soon

A mother has removed her nine-year-old son from a Barking school after claiming he was wrongly offered another pupil’s prescription drugs.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Georgina Walczyk took Alfie out of Thames View Junior School, saying a member of staff mistakenly handed him a prescription to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The drug that Alfie was offered on September 5, was for another pupil who shares his first name.

When offered the ADHD medicine, he saw the name on it was not his and did not take it. Barking and Dagenham Council confirmed an investigation is under way.

Ms Walczyk, 26, said: “I don’t feel my child is safe there at all.”

Alfie, in year five, suffers from Bell’s palsy — a paralysis of the facial muscles – and was feeling unwell that day.

He suffered his first attack of the condition in August and had complained of having an earache – an indicator that another attack may occur.

Ms Walczyk said she had told the school to inform her when her son was unwell but claims this did not happen.

“I told them, no matter what time it is you should call me, but they never did,” said Ms Walczyk. “I have no faith in the school anymore.”

Ms Walczyk, an accommodation officer, also told the Post that in an unrelated incident in January, her son was denied a school meal.

She said Alfie had his lunch taken away from him after staff noticed that the top-up card he was using to pay for meals did not have enough cash on it.

She said he was instead offered an “emergency meal” of two Jacob’s crackers, a Dairylea cheese triangle and a glass of water.

“They said it was a healthy balanced meal,” said Ms Walczyk. “I let the first incident go because I know the school, I used to go there, and I thought I would give them a chance.

“But this time I cannot leave it and I cannot put him back into the school knowing that I have taken it this far. I do not want him to feel uncomfortable at all.”

A Barking and Dagenham Council spokesman said: “The matter regarding an attempt to give Alfie medication that was not prescribed for him is under investigation and we are unable to comment further at this time.”

He added: “In regards to the meal, the matter of handling debt is one for school governors. However, the local authority recommends that children, as a minimum, are given a packed lunch.

“Our local authority policy clearly states that we do not want children to go hungry but any parental debt has to be paid up.

“There seems to be a difference of opinion between mum and the school about how this was handled.”

Share this article

0 comments

   Local advertisers

Crime & Court

Theresa George appeals for people to come forward with information after her son was beaten up under the A13 in Dagenham nine years ago.

Mum’s plea for justice nine years after son left for dead by Dagenham road

Nine years after her son was savagely beaten and dumped by the side of a road, a mum-of-three is appealing for help to finally bring the perpetrators to justice.

Read full story »

Business

Members of Brighter Steppings who created Storybright, a new mobile app enabling users to read and post creative stories in 100-word chapters.

Barking mobile app launched to get more youngsters writing

A new social media app aimed at getting more young people into creative writing is about to launch in Barking.

Read full story »

Politics

Barking Town Hall

Barking and Dagenham youth offending service blasted by Havering councillor

A longstanding member of a neighbouring council claims Barking and Dagenham has serious questions to answer over the state of its youth offending services.

Read full story »

More news

Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Barking & Dagenham Post on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Barking businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Barking & Dagenham Post, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE

Celebrity / Showbiz See all

Drake has cancelled his Wireless London performance (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for ESPN)

Fans devastated after Drake cancels Wireless London festival

Rapper Drake has pulled out of his headline appearances at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London, leaving fans devastated.

Read full story »