Mum's disgust as school says Help for Heroes wristband 'could be offensive'

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Tracy Tew with son Charlie, who is wearing the Help for Heroes wristband Tracy Tew with son Charlie, who is wearing the Help for Heroes wristband

A mum was left disgusted after she claims a teacher told her son to remove his Help for Heroes wristband over fears it could “offend” others.

Tracy Tew, 38, of Coleridge Road, Maldon, was shocked to discover Charlie, ten, was put on report last week because he refused to take off the rubber band honouring injured soldiers.

The mum-of-two claimed her son, who attends Maldon Primary School in Wantz Road, was not given a reason for the ban but after speaking to teachers at the school, she was told it was because other pupils were not allowed to wear friendship bracelets.

She said a teacher later told Charlie, who wants to be a soldier in the army, that the Help for Heroes message could be deemed offensive.

See this week's Standard - out tomorrow - for the full story.

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7:05am Thu 13 Mar 14

Latchingdon says...

The retarded teacher should be publicly flogged!! I'm sure our troops would be disgusted at this! Well done Charlie for showing your support!
The retarded teacher should be publicly flogged!! I'm sure our troops would be disgusted at this! Well done Charlie for showing your support! Latchingdon
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8:58am Fri 14 Mar 14

Hawthorne says...

I don't have a problem with the school having a rule on bracelets. The teacher was misguided if she made the comment about Help for Heroes as it's irrelevent what the bracelet is supporting if there's a rule.
With this story, and others, like it, I have a problem with the mother. It's another example of the 'Bianca Jackson' parenting mentality. Running to the papers or setting up a Facebook campaign when the school tries to enforce its regulations, be it about clothing, timekeeping or attendance. Bore off with you whining and think about the message you're giving your kids when you're undermining the teacher's authority.
I don't have a problem with the school having a rule on bracelets. The teacher was misguided if she made the comment about Help for Heroes as it's irrelevent what the bracelet is supporting if there's a rule. With this story, and others, like it, I have a problem with the mother. It's another example of the 'Bianca Jackson' parenting mentality. Running to the papers or setting up a Facebook campaign when the school tries to enforce its regulations, be it about clothing, timekeeping or attendance. Bore off with you whining and think about the message you're giving your kids when you're undermining the teacher's authority. Hawthorne
  • Score: 8

2:03pm Fri 14 Mar 14

woo1969 says...

Actually Hawthorne it was CHARLIE who wanted to talk to the papers. So go on, slab off a ten year old who stands up for what he feels is an important cause. By the way its a rubber band, not a bracelet!
Actually Hawthorne it was CHARLIE who wanted to talk to the papers. So go on, slab off a ten year old who stands up for what he feels is an important cause. By the way its a rubber band, not a bracelet! woo1969
  • Score: -4

7:37pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Regbluebottle says...

woo1969 wrote:
Actually Hawthorne it was CHARLIE who wanted to talk to the papers. So go on, slab off a ten year old who stands up for what he feels is an important cause. By the way its a rubber band, not a bracelet!
Most ten year olds want to eat ice cream everyday! Just because a ten yearold *wants* to do something doesn't mean that their parents should allow them does it?
[quote][p][bold]woo1969[/bold] wrote: Actually Hawthorne it was CHARLIE who wanted to talk to the papers. So go on, slab off a ten year old who stands up for what he feels is an important cause. By the way its a rubber band, not a bracelet![/p][/quote]Most ten year olds want to eat ice cream everyday! Just because a ten yearold *wants* to do something doesn't mean that their parents should allow them does it? Regbluebottle
  • Score: 7

7:38pm Sun 16 Mar 14

An alternative view says...

Best get him on a fitness program sharpish if he wants to be in the Army
Best get him on a fitness program sharpish if he wants to be in the Army An alternative view
  • Score: 1

8:34am Mon 17 Mar 14

Hawthorne says...

The point remains that a childs schooling is a partnership between the teachers and parents. Kids are set homework by the teachers and they rely on the parents to ensure that homework is completed, for example. Teachers set a system of dress codes and conduct and they look to the parents to help enforce that too. What they get instead is a distracting newspaper moan. Charlie's idea or not, the mother ought to be supporting the school, not inferring that they have somehow insulted the armed forces. Speaking of which, perhaps if Charlie does want to serve his country (good for him), perhaps she ought to be getting him more used to obeying petty rules instead of moaning about them?
The point remains that a childs schooling is a partnership between the teachers and parents. Kids are set homework by the teachers and they rely on the parents to ensure that homework is completed, for example. Teachers set a system of dress codes and conduct and they look to the parents to help enforce that too. What they get instead is a distracting newspaper moan. Charlie's idea or not, the mother ought to be supporting the school, not inferring that they have somehow insulted the armed forces. Speaking of which, perhaps if Charlie does want to serve his country (good for him), perhaps she ought to be getting him more used to obeying petty rules instead of moaning about them? Hawthorne
  • Score: 6

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