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When it comes to questions of child safety, most of us imagine joining the Scouts to lie somewhere between signing up to the Catholic Church and checking in at Stoke Mandeville hospital.
A once noble tradition, years of paedo-scaremongering have finally led parents to question the idea of dressing their kids up in shorts and handing them over to a bearded man in the woods.
Admittedly the Scouts has always had a bit of a hard time in the press. Now however, the tables have turned, as apparently signing up could actually prevent your child from getting molested.
“Parents now question the idea of dressing their kids up in shorts and handing them over to a bearded man in the woods”
That’s according to the headteacher at Holmer Lake Primary School, who told parents that they should pay out for after-school activities or risk having their children “involved in sexual exploitation, radicalisation and extremism.”
Outlining these views in a newsletter to parents, Holmer Lake Primary has since been accused of fearmongering in an effort to boost paid membership of its various after-school clubs. Pupils were also told by teachers in person that they would need to join a paid after-school club in order to support their school.
According to the letter, sent out to parents on June 8:
“The reason that we want to ensure that children are involved in at least one club is that research shows that children who do not have a sense of belonging are more likely to be groomed into becoming involved in child sexual exploitation, radicalisation and extremism and other types of crimes.”
Afterschool classes cost £5 per child, per session.
Following multiple complaints about the letter, the head of Holmer Lake primary school has since issued a formal apology.