JFS tells off par­ents af­ter boy is mugged

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY CHAR­LOTTE OLIVER

THE CHAIR of gov­er­nors of JFS has ac­cused some par­ents of making “wild and in­ac­cu­rate ac­cu­sa­tions and com­plaints” about the school to the press.

In an email sent to fam­i­lies with chil­dren at the school, Steven Woolf also crit­i­cised the “pack men­tal­ity” of par­ents who posted “hys­ter­i­cal” mes­sages about JFS on so­cial me­dia.

He said he was ex­press­ing “the col­lec­tive dis­ap­point­ment of the en­tire gov­ern­ing body”.

His re­marks came af­ter the JC re­ported the mug­ging of a 16-year-old boy close to the school, in Ken­ton, north­west Lon­don.

The child’s mother, Nicki Hari, had con­tacted the news­pa­per to raise con­cerns about se­cu­rity. A pe­ti­tion she set up urg­ing the school to in­crease safety has at­tracted 150 sig­na­tures.

Mr Woolf told par­ents that JFS, Head­teacher Jonathan Miller which­has­morethan2,000pupil­san­dis the largest Jewish school in Europe, was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent.

But he said the fact that Mrs Hari has spo­ken to the JC had meant the school had had to spend “an in­or­di­nate amount of time” deal­ing with me­dia in­quiries. He claimed that JFS staff had been “hounded” by the press.

The JC had made one call to the school for in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent.

In a sep­a­rate email, JFS head­teacher JonathanMiller­ac­cused­some­par­entsof “in­ap­pro­pri­ate fear­mon­ger­ing”, which ha­dled“to­someof oury­ounger­stu­dents feel­ing un­set­tled about their jour­ney”.

Mr Miller wrote that mug­gings were a “fact of life” for pupils across Lon­don. He added that there was a high se­cu­rity pres­ence out­side the school but “this can­not be guar­an­teed to pre­vent all crime and to ex­pect oth­er­wise is both un­re­al­is­tic and mis­guided”. The­p­o­lice­con­firmedthey­were aware of the mug­ging. No ar­rests have been made.

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