PAR­ENTS GET PKC APOL­OGY

Spec­u­la­tion over school glass in­ci­dent

Strathearn Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn Duke

Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil has apol­o­gised to par­ents of pupils at Cri­eff Pri­mary for not putting them in the pic­ture af­ter a win­dow pane in the school build­ing broke. Spec­u­la­tion has been rife this week over po­ten­tial safety is­sues with the Broich Road build­ing af­ter chil­dren came home say­ing they had spent part of the day at Strat­hearn Com­mu­nity Cam­pus watch­ing films and play­ing games be­cause a win­dow had bro­ken through the night, al­legedly crash­ing into the school grounds.

Mum-of-two Ta­mara Camp­bell said: “My daugh­ter, who is in pri­mary three, came home and said they had done no school work all day as they had been over at the cam­pus watch­ing films be­cause a win­dow had fallen in.

“I later spoke to friends that nor­mally wait with their chil­dren un­til the bell rings and they told me that some­thing strange had been go­ing on that morn­ing.”

Other par­ents con­firmed

that when they had taken their chil­dren to school on Wed­nes­day morn­ing [Septem­ber 6] the bell had not gone off.

They had hung about un­til teach­ers came out to col­lect the lines of classes but there had been no ex­pla­na­tion given for the de­lay, fu­elling ru­mours that there had been some sort of ma­jor in­ci­dent at the school.

Mrs Camp­bell added: “Why didn’t they just tell us at the time in­stead of al­low­ing our chil­dren to come home with these sto­ries that some­thing bad had hap­pened that may have af­fected their safety?

“A sim­ple ex­pla­na­tion at the time wouldn’t have placed any doubt in any­one‘s mind.

“We nor­mally get no­ti­fied of ev­ery­thing that goes on. They text us about any changes that might af­fect the day - for ex­am­ple they texted to tell us that the open night would be on but they didn’t tell us that our chil­dren had spent the day at the cam­pus do­ing no school­work. It’s not that I mind that but I think we should have known where they were and why.”

A spokesper­son for the lo­cal author­ity has given re­as­sur­ances that a win­dow did not fall into the school.

How­ever, they said that when jan­i­tors ar­rived at school they dis­cov­ered that a pane of glass in a win­dow was bro­ken.

It was re­paired that morn­ing and there were no other con­cerns high­lighted with any of the other win­dows in the build­ing dur­ing a safety in­spec­tion.

The spokesper­son said: “Last Wed­nes­day when jan­i­tors ar­rived at Cri­eff Pri­mary School they dis­cov­ered that a pane of glass in one of the win­dows was bro­ken.

“As a re­sult, some pupils were re­de­ployed to the com­mu­nity cam­pus so that re­pairs could be dealt with im­me­di­ately. Of­fi­cers from the coun­cil’s prop­erty department were at the school that morn­ing to re­pair the dam­age.

“A safety in­spec­tion found no is­sues. We apol­o­gise to the par­ents for not pro­vid­ing a fur­ther up­date.”

Ru­mours Cri­eff Pri­mary

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