And some passed by on the other side!

I accept that this is possibly a typical Daily Mail story, of the kind where an ordinary person battles against uncaring and immobile bureaucracy.

I would even quote the school principal when she stated :-

‘We are very keen to resolve this issue as soon as possible and have been actively seeking to engage with the parent to bring this to an agreeable conclusion.

‘The pupil has not been banned from bringing in their cane, we have simply asked them to not use it around school as a temporary measure until we have the chance to meet with the parent and discuss the situation.

‘It was initially hoped that we would have this resolved within a day or two.’

I just bet she did!

But cannot get that old quotation out of my skull, the one which stated that:-


‘There are none so blind as those who will not see!’

3 comments for “And some passed by on the other side!

  1. wiggia
    November 17, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    What on earth is a……..

    ‘The school’s mobility officer raised health and safety issues around the new cane following a recent risk assessment.

    • Mrs Raft
      November 18, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      Basically, it comes from a 2010 ruling (in Scotland) which established that when there is a foreseeable risk, such as a stick tripping another child up and consequent injury, the school or local authority will become liable if they do not act to curtail that risk.

      It is not the mother of the partially sighted child, nor the charity stick providers, who will be tied up for years in legal wrangling and paying out if the other child trips, falls on the edge of a required fire extinguisher and puts their eye out. This was the kind of accident which triggered the original claim. I don’t know what the settlement finally was, but that claim was for Ā£2.5m as the injured child also sustained brain damage and was claiming in respect of their future needs.

      Instead of going to the school and trying to understand how the law does not permit the school to just pass on the risk, the parent dashed off to the Mail crying that no accident had happened yet. Indeed, I also hope it never happens but the legal position is that the school has a duty of care to all pupils, not just the unlucky ones who are bravely coping with the results of an illness.

      It is a clash of the rights of the disabled child against the duty of care owed to all other pupils. The parent has just made it much harder to absorb the child in to mainstream schooling.

      • November 19, 2015 at 6:53 am

        So, basically, Shakespeare was right about lawyers..? šŸ˜‰

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