Parents were literally throwing their children over the locked 6-foot-high gate.
A primary school in Avignon, France, has had to issue warnings to parents to stop throwing their children over a six-foot fence to avoid being late.
The Trillade primary school has recently had a number of parents who have hoisted their children over the school fence rather than get marked for being tardy after the 8:30 a.m. bell. The gates are locked to tardy students.
While this was not a widespread practice, it happened enough times to get the attention and concern of school officials. Thankfully, no students were injured after being hefted over the fence, however, the school decided to put a stop to it before things got out of hand.
"It hasn't happened that many times, but as little as it happened, we preferred to take the lead," Sanaa Meziane, director of the Trillade primary school, told French publication, La Provence. “Parents who arrived after the ringing literally threw their children away."
The school posted signage back in September asking parents not to throw children over the fence and directing them to come back at 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. when the gates are opened. “Attention Danger!” and “I will not throw my child” are some of the warnings that appear on the signs. While the signs have helped to discourage the practice, the school plans to keep them up, as a way to remind parents that throwing one's kids over the fence is not appropriate or safe.
Terror attacks in France have resulted in schools employing extra measures of security, and the locked gates are an example of that.
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