A distraught seven-year-old girl, Sienna, was ‘made to sit on the school floor’ for being 15 minutes late to school.
Sienna is a pupil at St. Luke Primary School in Westminster where a new rule makes late pupils miss their morning break including snacks and drink.
The mum, Lauren Rowe, 27, said Sienna was ‘hysterical in panic’ because she was worried about what would happen as they were caught up in bad traffic.
Sienna was signed in as late when she arrived at 9.15am and made to sit on theschool floor and miss her break, it was being claimed.
“When I came to collect Sienna from school that afternoon she burst into tears as soon as she saw me, she was distraught,” Miss Rowe said.
“She said she’d been made to miss her morning play break and hadn’t been allowed her drink or snack.
“The late children are segregated into pairs and made to sit in front of the benches in the hall while the rest play outside.
“It’s like shaming them.
“Sienna said when she tried to stand up a teacher immediately told her to sit back down on the floor.”
Upset with the way Sienna had been treated by the school, Lauren posted about what happened on a NW10 Kensal Rise Facebook group.
She wrote: “So at my daughter’s school, they have implemented a rule where the children miss their break and are forced to sit on the floor in the hall for their break if they are late in the morning.
“The traffic today made us late, (bus) which resulted in my seven-year-old hysterical in panic because she was worried about what would happen as per the new protocol my child was collected in front of her friends and told that she wasn’t having her break.
“She was then made to sit on the floor in the hall and when she stood up she was immediately told to sit down.
“I would like some opinions because I am absolutely furious about my child being shamed for being late in the morning when it was not her fault!?”
Lauren’s post has received 84 comments with many Facebook users outraged on her behalf. Below are some of the reactions :
In my honest opinion, that rule is too strict considering there are situations we have no control over. She’s a child moreover to go through that.