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French School Bans Parents From 'Literally Throwing' Kids Over Gates When Running Late

Jess Hardiman

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French School Bans Parents From 'Literally Throwing' Kids Over Gates When Running Late

A school in France has banned parents from 'literally throwing their kids' over its 6ft fence when running late, having put up signs outside the entrance to warn of the new rule.

Trillade primary school in Avignon, southern France, put up signs outside the school, telling parents: "Je ne lance pas mes enfants par-dessus le portail!" - which translates into English as: "I'm not throwing my children over the gate!"

A stick-man image illustrates a person lobbing a youngster over the high gates into the school yard.

The move comes after parents reportedly 'literally' threw their offspring over the fence as they ran late, resorting to desperate measures after missing the 8.30am deadline.

Stock image of school gates. Credit: PA
Stock image of school gates. Credit: PA

The notice also tells late parents to come back after 10am or 3pm when the gates reopen.

Sanaa Meziane, the school's head teacher, said staff have had enough of 'irresponsible' parents, telling The Times: "Parents arriving after the bell were literally throwing their kids."

She said the problem was not a regular one, but added that the school needed to take action to prevent accidents in future.

The sign outside Trillade primary school in Avignon
The sign outside Trillade primary school in Avignon

France has increased security at schools, among other sites, following a series of recent terror attacks - including one that saw a teacher beheaded in a street near Paris last month.

Following an emergency security meeting led by Macron towards the end of last month, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that security would be increased at diplomatic posts, schools and cultural institutes aboard.

"The threat is everywhere," Le Drian said.

"Instructions were given to our ambassadors to strengthen the security measures at our diplomatic posts or identifiable French locations like the French Alliance posts and we've decided to only reopen French schools after putting in place heightened security measures."

Topics: World News, News, France

Jess Hardiman
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