‘Bullied’ mum advised to pick children up earlier by Dagenham school

Claire Lee-Carse was harassed by parents outside the Leys School as she picked up her children Rocco

Claire Lee-Carse was harassed by parents outside the Leys School as she picked up her children Rocco and Mollie-Marie - Credit: Archant

A mum says she feels like she is being punished after school staff suggested that she pick her children up early – after she was “threatened” by some fellow parents.

Claire Lee-Carse was collecting her son and daughter from Leys Primary School in Dagenham when the disagreement broke out last month. It became so heated that staff called the police.

Now the 37-year-old says she feels let down by the school’s handling of the situation.

Senior staff members suggested it might be best if Claire drops Rocco, 10, and Mollie-Marie, eight, off to school early, and picks them up at 2.45pm rather than 3.15pm, to avoid the other parents.

“Why am I being told to go in early for my safety?” stay-at-home mum Claire asked. “It’s like I’m being classed as a bully.”

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She says the school’s solution is unacceptable and is having a negative effect on her children, who are anxious after the confrontation.

“My son normally walks home but can’t now,” Claire, who lives in Beamway, explained. “It’s affecting their education.”

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“[The aggressors] should have the separate times. I feel victimised by the school, it’s like they are accepting that behaviour.”

A spokesman for the Leys Avenue school said: “The children have not been asked to attend school on a reduced timetable. She was offered a temporary arrangement [at no cost] to help her, which she readily agreed to and accepted.

“The welfare of children in our care is a priority and something we take very seriously and will continue to do so.”

He added that the alleged incident did not take place on school premises and he was unable to comment further as it is a police matter.

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