Breeding The ‘It’s Everyone Else’s Responsibility’ Generation…

Police are warning that a child could be killed crossing car-clogged streets at school time after a pupil was knocked down.

The nine-year-old Bridlington schoolgirl escaped with minor injuries after being hit by a car as she tried to cross between parked vehicles.

Great, so…they are warning the schoolchildren, right?

Insp Hughes is urging parents to avoid clogging up the streets outside schools with parked cars as they wait to collect their children.

Oh… OK.

“It increases the chances of accidents happening because children will come out between parked cars and, with the best will in the world, drivers just don’t see them until it’s too late.”

So, because some children are incapable of learning how to use the roads safely, everyone else must take more care?

Can’t we just chalk it up to Darwin Award winning?

Mrs Adams said pupils have been reminded about staying safewhen crossing the road.She said: “We have spoken to the children. Quite a few saw the accident and knew she had been taken to hospital.

“We have explained carefully what happened and explained she was very lucky, it could have been worse, and we have repeated that they know where it’s safe to cross.

“The pupil who was involved in the accident is a lovely, bright, sensible little girl who just didn’t think for a split second. That’s how quickly something can happen.”

And so this should be a nice little object lesson for the rest of your pupils, shouldn’t it?

Mrs Adams said pupils are encouraged to use a manned zebra crossing and East Riding Council has been pressed to cut the 30mph speed limit to 20mph to improve safety.

But no, of course, we’ll have to try to spread the blame for this around a bit – we can’t simply point to the accident as a learning opportunity, because that might make the child whose momentary carelessness caused her accident feel bad.

And it’s never the sole responsibility of anyone, anymore:

Parent Mary Green said one of her three children was involved in a near-missafter stepping into the road from between parked cars.Miss Green, who has two children at Burlington Junior School, said: “Last year, my little boy, who is now 6, stepped out and I had to pull him back.

“There were so many parked cars you couldn’t see.

“People park wherever they can – on kerbs, on the zig-zag lines and across entrances.

“The school does its best, but the council needs to be looking at this.”

Ah. Yes.

It’s ‘the council’s’ fault that your child was nearly creamed by a passing car, not yours! Heaven forbid anyone expect you to use a pedestrian crossing rather than step out between parked cars!

Far too much of an inconvenience…

8 comments for “Breeding The ‘It’s Everyone Else’s Responsibility’ Generation…

  1. November 18, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Well, actually, they have a point – parking on zig-zags and pavements is illegal and should be prosecuted. It’s also worth pointing out that the self same parents who argue that something must be done are invariably the same ones parking their vehicles illegally (after all, who else is parking right outside a school at kicking out time?), so something could be done very simply – park elsewhere that is legal, safe and convenient. Or, perhaps, just perhaps, children could walk to and from school, thereby avoiding the use of vehicles entirely.

    • November 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      “”(after all, who else is parking right outside a school at kicking out time?””

      An army of peadophiles if we are to beleive everything we are told.

      • November 19, 2012 at 7:34 pm


  2. Derek
    November 18, 2012 at 10:55 am

    This is more about party politics than pupil safety. Cars are private property, and as we all know, “property is theft” according to the left wing nutters who are now in charge of so much of the establishment. Cars must be driven out whereever possible. Many schools have room for there to be a pickup point on their premises, away from the road. Such a simple solution would go against the institutional hatred of anything not owned by the council or the state shown by those in authority today.

  3. November 18, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Slightly o/t, the accompanying picture, complete with the obligatory scowl-and-folded-arms stance, shows parents so concerned about child safety that they allow a child to pose at the very edge of the kerb with his back to the oncoming traffic – nice one!

  4. ivan
    November 18, 2012 at 11:22 am

    This is the result of the me, me, me generation not being taught to think of anything other than themselves.

    It is beginning to appear that the film ‘Idiocracy’ is prophetic as is the book ‘The marching Morons’ by C. M. Kornbluth.

  5. Twenty_Rothmans
    November 18, 2012 at 11:46 am

    “Parent Mary Green”…”Miss Green” Hmm. Did she hold onto her maiden name for professional reasons, like Carole Lombard, I wonder.

    “There were so many parked cars you couldn’t see.”
    Wayne Green can’t see over a Micra, but Miss Green and I can. Miss Green and Wayne can’t see over a Cayenne, but I can. I can’t see over a white van, nor can Miss Green or Wayne. So I elect to cross where there are no white vans. I might have to walk an extra 40 yards to accomplish this. It’s a cross I have to bear.

    I agree with LR – people are mindless and selfish enough to park wherever they please – a gripe brought home to me when I saw the difficulty my wheelchair-bound friend has in crossing blocked kerbs. I have encouraged him to issue parking notices through the agency of a 20p coin and the car’s door, but he is ‘used to it’, even though my 40 yard diversion is usually more than 150 for him – and that’s using his arms, sometimes through snow.

    That said, though, the craft of learning where and when to cross a road is as important now as it was in the day of Pierre Curie, who, as we all know, was run down by a boy racer. In a school zone.

    • November 19, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      It’s pure selfishness.

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