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Anger As Boy Punished With 'Dunce' Jacket
A father from Nottingham has hit out at a school for making his eight-year-old son wear a high-visibility jacket as punishment.
Sanaa al Ameen says his son Abdullah had been made to wear the reflective jacket for three weeks whilst at Forest Fields Primary School on Bradgate Road, Nottingham. Dr al Ameen, a retired lecturer at the University of Nottingham, said the method was wrong: "It's the humiliation, it is like the dunce's cap.
"What they used to do was put 'D' for donkey, or some thing, whatever it is. Everybody would say 'look at this silly boy'. What's the difference between that and the yellow jacket?"
Abdullah is the youngest of five children. He says wearing the jacket made him not want to go to school.
"It made me feel upset because they made me wear it all day and it was annoying," he said. "They (the other children) started laughing and saying 'ha ha look at that bad boy'".
Sue Hoyland, head teacher at the school, told Sky News it was a trial "initiative" which had been "successful".
She said Abdullah only wore the jacket for two days and the idea was brought in before half term.
"It's not about stigmatising children it's about tracking improved behaviour with them and allowing them to enjoy their achievements and their successes," she said.
"It's used only for a short time, it's monitored regularly by the head teacher who takes every opportunity to praise and encourage the children who have made improvements."
Dr al Ameen said if the school did not stop using the jackets as punishment he would consider taking legal action.
"If they decide to keep that I will seek legal action. I will certainly not see my child humiliated like that. Or any of the other children," he said.
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what do you think?
Should have used the pointy hat and stand in the corner method like we used to have. It worked most of the time.
d and d Phillips
My wife makes me do that!
Haha David! :-)
What a weird punishment!!
Bet he's a right handful tho, Andrea, may be a bit different, but at least the school is trying .....till the do gooders throw up their hands in disgust! Let me tell you, we are bringing up our 13 yr old grandson, and if the school wanted to do this due to bad behaviour, I'd say crack on!
So Julie if your grandson came to you and told you he was upset and didn't want to go to school, and when you asked why not, he told you that he was humiliated and other kids were laughing at him and teasing him because of something the teachers had done, you'd tell him you thought that was fine would you? You think that humiliating an 8 year old to the point where he doesn't want to go to school is going to be good for his education? You're making some quite wild assumptions about his behaviour too.
When the gentleman was asking why the school made his son wear the jacket - did he not question why specifically his son and not another persons child? He seems to be taking anger he should have at himself for failing his child, and displacing it onto the school.
For goodness sake he is only eight years old - what has this kid done ? Does anyone know?
Probably been a right little s.d! But, oh, diddums didn't like it when he was shown up, good idea! Parents doing him no favours by making a fuss about it....!
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He looks like a young Mick jagger
This dad needs to take a step back and think hard about this one, my guess is this kid, the youngest of five, is a little spoilt so and so, so along comes dad, shock! Horror! School won't put up with it, well, he should be backing the school, because a few years down the line, he will realise he lost the only opportunity to put his youngest on the straight and narrow!!
Do gooders out in force then? Lol!
the kid should behave then shoudn't he if he doesn't like the punishment. and the dad will just have to lump it.