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A mum has been left dumbstruck after her daughter was allegedly given a detention because her iPad was on 93 percent battery.
According to the mum, the school expects students to arrive at school with their iPads charged 'no lower' than 97 percent, and as her daughter's 93 percent battery did not adhere to guidelines, she landed herself a detention.
Shocked by her daughter being sanctioned over a seemingly trivial matter, the mum decided to vent her frustration on Twitter.
She wrote: "My daughter was issued a detention because her iPad, when she arrived at school, was 93%. The assistant head, who I’ve since emailed, has set the expectation that iPads be no lower than 97% or pupils will be punished. I’m flummoxed. Has anyone heard of such nonsense?"
The tweeted attracted a host of replies from people who noted the ridiculousness of the situation. One user wrote: "This is mental. Honestly, I'd be fuming."
The mum followed up to say she had emailed her daughter's tutor and explained her daughter would not be attending the detention over the 'trivial incident'.
She also noted in her email that as a teacher herself, she understands the 'need for high expectations to be set and adhered to' but believed that this particular policy did nothing other than induce 'unnecessary fear' into pupils.
Speaking to Metro, the mum said: "My daughter’s initial reaction was to not attend, which she didn’t as she felt it was a stupid thing to get a detention for."
The mum says she then received an email to explain her daughter had a second chance to attend the detention and failure to do so would result in a further 45 minute detention with the assistant headteacher.
She added: "This caused panic in my daughter and anxiety at the prospect of going to school and having a detention when she had done nothing wrong."
After speaking to her daughter's tutor, the mum was instructed to email the assistant headteacher, but says she is yet to receive a response.
Expressing her annoyance, she added: "As a teacher myself, I know the time constraints he must be under but a response doesn’t take five minutes, especially when I have raised a very valid point."
A spokesperson for Oasis Academy Mayfield said: "At Oasis academies we support all of our young people to learn the skills and develop the habits they need to be ready to learn each day, and for when they leave school to go onto further education or a place of work.This includes the importance of timeliness, following uniform guidance and ensuring that they have the equipment they need to be prepared for the school day ahead."
They added: "Whilst we are unable to comment on an individual student, our staff teams work hard to ensure that rules and guidance of this nature are applied fairly and compassionately. If any of our parents have any concerns about this or any other issue, they are encouraged to contact the school directly."
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