Parents were caught allegedly doing drug deals and smoking weed as they dropped their children off at Longview Primary School in Liverpool, England.
Police are now probing the “disturbing incidents” witnessed in view of young pupils attending the school in Huyton.
One brazen person was seen buying drugs from a car outside the school just after lunchtime while another school run mum was spotted apparently smoking cannabis at 9am – the start of the school day.
Amanda Casey, headteacher of the 300-plus pupil school which caters for children aged three upwards, sent off a letter making an impassioned plea for the “minority” of parents responsible to “put the reputation of our school and the children’s needs first”.
Flagging up the incidents she wrote: “On one occasion a parent was seen apparently buying drugs from a car at around 1.15pm and at another time a mother appeared to be smoking cannabis at 9am. The fact that both of these events took place very close to our school, when there are children around, causes me a great deal of concern.”
She adds in her letter: “It is the responsibility of everyone at Longview to ensure that the environment both in and around the school is one which is both safe and makes our children feel proud.”
Parents expressed their anger at the “irresponsible adults” they accused of setting the wrong example to impressionable children.
One dad said: “I am shocked at what’s gone on and the parents should be ashamed turning up to school and doing drugs in front of the children.
“If they are smoking drugs at the school gates I worry about what sort of home life their children will have.”
A Knowsley council spokesman said: “The school received reports of alleged drug activity taking place close to the school. This information has been passed on to the appropriate agencies. The welfare and safety of our pupils is our priority and prompt action was taken. Whilst incidents of this nature are extremely rare they are taken very seriously.”
Police have said they would be working with the school and urged witnesses to shop those “engaging in drugs activity”.
An unlucky koala was rescued from down a mineshaft TWICE by Victorian university students after the unlucky creature fell back down the hole on its first bid for freedom.
The third-year University of Ballarat students were on an excursion in the Victorian goldfields for an outdoor education class recently when they walked past the mineshaft and saw the koala trapped down the 4.5m hole.
In an attempt to save the exhausted creature, they lowered a branch down so it could climb up to safety.
The koala managed to climb up the long branch but when it got to the top, it tried to leap to another tree and missed.
It plummeted down to the bottom of the shaft, prompting horrified shrieks and gasps from the students.
The koala seemed to recover quickly and managed to climb back up the branch to safety, choosing not to jump to another tree this time.
The University of Ballarat Outdoor Education department suspects it may have been trapped down the shaft for days.
The Malaysian government has begun holding seminars aiming to help teachers and parents spot signs of homosexuality in children, underscoring a rise in religious conservatism in the Muslim majority nation.
So far, the Teachers Foundation of Malaysia has organized 10 seminars across the nation. Attendance at the last event on Wednesday reached 1,500 people, a spokesman for the organization said.
“It is a multi-religious and multicultural (event), after all, all religions are basically against that type of behavior,” said the official.
The federal government said in March that it is working to curb the “problem” of homosexuality, especially among Muslims who make up over 60 percent of Malaysia’s 29 million people.
According to a handout issued at a recent seminar, signs of homosexuality in boys may include preferences for tight, light coloured clothes and large handbags.
For girls, the details were less clear. Girls with lesbian tendencies have no affection for men and like to hang out and sleep in the company of women, the reports said.
Malaysia frowns on oral and gay sex, describing them as against the order of nature. Under civil law, offenders – male and female – can be jailed for up to 20 years, caned or fined.
Actual prosecutions are rare, although former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim has twice been tried for sodomy, in cases he called political conspiracies.
He spent six years in jail, but the courts have since cleared him on appeal or dropped charges for lack of evidence.
Official intolerance of gays has been on the rise. Last year, despite widespread criticism, the east coast state of Terengganu set up a camp for “effeminate” boys to show them how to become men.
The latest seminar for the teachers and parents was run by deputy education minister Puad Zarkashi, his office confirmed.
Zarkashi said that being able to identify the signs will help contain the spread of the unhealthy lifestyle among the young, especially students.
“Youths are easily influenced by websites and blogs relating to LGBT groups,” he was quoted as saying, using the acronym for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
“This can also spread among their friends. We are worried that this happens during schooling time.”
Dozens of students at the Oslo International Bible College have claimed they were exposed by staff members to threats, harassment and accusations of witchcraft.
Some 70 students at the college outlined their grievances in a letter to the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT).
In the letter, the students accuse the school of widespread harassment, which included forcing them to speak in tongues.
According to the letter, signed by more half the students at the English-language school, staff also charged them with “carrying the devil’s spirit and practising witchcraft”.
Founded in 2010 by Finn Henrik Larsen – a pastor with the Pentecostal Regnbuen (Rainbow) church – the college offers two-year courses with the aim of “training men and women to become leaders of churches, organizations and in society.”
According to Larsen, the students’ complaints came as a major surprise to staff at the college.
“I’m trying to figure out why nobody said anything about the issues they are dissatisfied with,” he said.
“We were not made aware of the contents of the letter until several months after it was sent. What’s more, when you look at some of the complaints it’s impossible that 70 students experienced all these things,” he said.
NOKUT has already met with the management at the college to discuss the letter and is now awaiting the results of a detailed inspection by the Ministry of Education before deciding how to proceed.
Lars Vassbotten, a divisional director at the ministry, said his department had given the college until September 1st to present a thorough explanation.
He also noted that it was unusual for the ministry to make such a request.
“Only on a couple of occasions has the department seen the need to open a broader inspection beyond the annual reports,” said Vassbotten.
What is happening to society where things like this seem to happen quite frequently these days?
Nine students have been suspended from a San Diego middle school after classmates claimed they were watching porn on cell phones and masturbating in class.
The suspended students were in an all-boys English class at Bell Middle School in Paradise Hills.
The school released a statement saying that the reason for the suspensions could not be released. Parents of students in the class say they haven’t been told anything.
The paper has obtained and reviewed testimonials written by 22 students in the class.
Several said they raised their hands to report the behavior but the teacher kept reading a book.
Adding another layer of intrigue to the story, the boys were supposedly watching gay porn because it was a student-created ‘test’ to see if they themselves were gay.
The San Diego Union-Tribune cites accounts from a group of students who said that the so-called ‘gay test’ mandated that if the boys got aroused at the sight of the gay porn, they would be considered homosexual.
The teacher has not replied to a request for comment but a union representative is rallying support for him.
Some parent groups have raised concern over the accessibility of internet porn to children and have called for safeguards to be put in place.
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A show at a private girls’ high school in Sherbooke, Quebec, Canada, went strangely awry when a young hypnotist left several students in “mass hypnosis” limbo and he had to call in his mentor to snap them out of it.
One student at Collège du Sacré-Coeur was reportedly left hypnotized for five hours until Maxime Nadeau, the young hypnotist, called his mentor to the school for an emergency intervention.
It all happened at an end-of-school year event last week, when Nadeau was hired to stage a hypnotism show for a small group of 12- and 13-year-old girls. He worked on a small group while others watched the show.
When it came time to end the event, several girls in the audience remained mesmerized and couldn’t snap out of it, no matter what Nadeau did. Nadeau didn’t panic, because “it wasn’t dangerous,” he said.
“Being in a trance is a state of well-being,” Nadeau explained. “I wasn’t stressed. I knew they would get out of it.”
He called his mentor and trainer, Richard Whitbread, who made the hour-long trek to the school from his home in the town of Danville.
Whitbread found several girls were still suffering the effects of “mass hypnosis.”
“There were a couple of students who had their heads lying on the table and there were [others] who, you could tell, were in trance,” he said. “The eyes were open and there was nobody home.”
Whitbread said he went through the process of making the girls think they were being re-hypnotized and then brought them out using a stern voice.
Whitbread said because his protégé is a young, attractive man, the girls could have been particularly influenced because they were keen to follow his directions.
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