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School's ban for brawling mothers

Five parents told to stay away until end of term after fight

John Garvey


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School's ban for brawling mothers

FIVE parents have been banned from a West Berkshire school after a furious fight between two mums in the playground.

Shocked pupils screamed as the mums threw punches at each other outside the Robert Sandilands Primary School in Newbury.

One mum reported being punched in the eye.

The row broke out while parents were waiting for their children to leave school last Friday afternoon.

Thames Valley Police have confirmed that officers are investigating a number of allegations.

Ian Nichol, chairman of the school’s governors, said: “I am aware of the incident, but I have no comment to make.”

Headteacher Richard Blofeld imposed the ban after interviewing a teacher and one of the mothers involved in the fight.

He followed up with a letter that confirmed the ban would remain until the end of the academic year.

One witness said: “I was waiting for my children when I heard shouting coming from the other end of the play area.

“When I got there I saw two young women going flat out in a fight, and lots of children looking on and screaming.

“Someone from the school eventually came out and helped to pull them apart.”

Another witness said: “I saw a young woman run up and punch another woman in the face.

“It was awful.”

At least two of the banned parents claim they were not involved in the punch-up, and are calling on West Berkshire Council local education authority and the school’s governors to let them return.

A Thames Valley Police spokesperson said: “Officers are investigating the circumstances [of the incident]. No arrests have been made.”

West Berkshire Council’s spokeswoman, Peta Stoddart-Crompton, said: “The headteacher has taken appropriate, and proportionate, action to address the issue, and to ensure that this kind of behaviour does not occur again.”

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  • NewburyParent

    17/07/2017 - 15:03

    Makes you wonder how they would have felt if one of the blows had landed on an innocent child. When people negate to think of the consequences of their actions to this level then there should be no doubt in anyone's mind that they are a danger to themselves and others and should be treated as such. ALWAYS you can walk away.


  • xtayx

    17/07/2017 - 10:10

    why wasnt the other mother questioned or other 3 people that broke the fright up? I think it's disgusting the way it's been handled always 2 different sides of storeys and should of taken statements from all witnesses not just from the mother that started the fight in the first place .disgusting that their was no teachers their either so it's all hearsay.


    • zmjrc

      17/07/2017 - 14:02

      As Shakespeare once said: "always 2 different sides of storeys"


    • MartinB

      17/07/2017 - 12:12

      It's "stories" and the correct phrase it's "there's always 2 sides to a story". Also it's "there" not "their". Maybe you should go back to school? Our education system has clearly failed with you.


      • Basher

        17/07/2017 - 17:05

        there ARE always 2 sides........


      • Louise


        17/07/2017 - 12:12

        Yes she didn't do too well in English it appears when she was at skool!


  • Basher

    17/07/2017 - 10:10

    They sound like mindless muppets and probably look the part too.


  • bruin the bear

    17/07/2017 - 10:10

    I blame the teachers- everyone else does. seconds out...


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