I'm furious my son, 8, read about a sex offender in class & the teacher joked ‘he'd do well pub quiz’ when I complained
A WOMAN was furious with her son's school after he was allowed read a newspaper article about a horrific sex offender and when she complained the teacher 'chuckled'.
The mum explained that the newspaper had been used to line a table so the children could paint, when her son, 8, read the story of the crime.
She spoke to the teacher who just praised the young lad's inquisitive nature and laughed that he "would do well on the crime round at pub quizzes in future".
Taking to Mumsnet she said: "[My son] and I were at the shops at the weekend, and he spotted a headline on the local paper.
"Something along the lines of: Sex Offender Convicted of Taplow Lake Murder.
"He was immediately interested and said he knew all about it, rattling off accurate, detailed information about the case and the previous offences of the man responsible.
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"He told me he'd read a big article about it on a sheet of newspaper being used to cover the table in an art class.
"He asked me what a sex offender is and why someone would bind and gag a woman before killing them.
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"We haven't had a talk about sex and I really don't want his first knowledge of it to be violent and negative.
"When I told my husband, he was horrified and said I should let the school know. Not so much a complaint as a heads-up.
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"This morning, I told the head of lower school what happened but didn't make any requests or give any opinion – just stated the facts.
"He chuckled, said my son will do well on the crime round at pub quizzes in future, and praised his curiosity.
"Is it reasonable to expect a school to make some effort to shield lower school pupils from the details of sex crimes and sexually-motivated murder or is the head of lower school right to chuckle and say it's fine?
"My husband thinks I should go to the headmaster, but I'm not sure."
Fellow Mumsnet users were quick to jump in with their opinions.
On person said: "I would be pretty mortified if that was included my daughter's lesson.
"If he chanced upon it (the article was in a photocopy and hasn’t been checked) I’d be fuming."
Others didn't think it was a great turn of events but weren't so annoyed.
The teacher chuckled, said my son will do well on the crime round at pub quizzes in future, and praised his curiosity.
One person said: "I think it’s a forgivable mistake by the school, but the teacher’s response was quite unprofessional.
"Not sure I’d go to the headteacher about it but I wouldn’t be impressed."
While others thought the woman was overreacting.
One person said: "It's likely just a slip up on the teacher's part. A teacher will scan the papers used but there really isn't time to read every article.
"It was most likely just missed by accident and not a routine thing. Besides, your son can easily see the front page in a shop and read it there, too."
Another said: "For goodness sake. They have covered a table with newspaper. Should the teacher read every article? It's just to keep paint off."
Fellow teachers also waded in and shared similar experiences.
One said: "I started to vet the newspapers brought in to cover the tables after a girl read out loud: 'Teacher had sex with pupil,' and commented, 'That's disgusting, Miss.'"
Another said: "When I taught I used the Financial Times specifically to avoid this.
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"And magazines were restricted to good housekeeping types. Poor response from the teacher."
A third said: "As a primary teacher – yes I censor newspaper that is used for painting!"
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