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Children removed from classes after pornography row at primary school

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

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A NORTH Cornwall couple removed their children from a primary school this week amid claims a pupil downloaded and printed a pornographic image and threatened to show it to their daughter.

Andrew and Susan Dowling claim staff at Launceston CP Windmill Hill Academy have not taken adequate action and are refusing to allow their three children to return to the school until the boy is removed.

The head teacher Carol Green would not comment on the specific accusation but told the Cornish Guardian in a statement: "An issue was raised at this school and we are satisfied that the very robust and stringent measures we have in place have dealt effectively with the situation.

"This has been agreed by other professionals and our legal department."

Mrs Green said the matter was in the hands of Cornwall Council's social care and the legal department.

Mrs Dowling alleges the boy was viewing pornographic images of naked women at school and then printed them off.

"The school said that it could not have happened because of the filters on the computers but we understand the images were found by a member of staff," said Mrs Dowling.

She said the boy was excluded from school on Tuesday of last week but returned on Monday.

Mrs Dowling said her nine-year-old daughter was distressed by the alleged incident.

"She told her older sister, who is at Launceston College, and she told her she had to tell me what was worrying her.

"She said this boy was looking at sexual images with another lad, and that if she told anyone he would kill her.

"She didn't actually see the picture but the boy told her he had shown it to another pupil.

"The boy was excluded until the end of last week, and I told Mrs Green that if he comes back I will be removing my three children from the school.

"It shocked me and my husband. We monitor what the children see on their computer, even their social network sites."

On Monday the couple met with the head teacher at the school but said afterward the meeting that they were still not satisfied with the outcome.

"We will be keeping the children out of school until something is done."

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  • Watawally  |  June 28 2014, 12:32AM

    Just come across this story. What on earth is a child looking at porn in a SCHOOL for? What the actual hell! Don't anyone have control over kids these days? It's very worrying when a child goes to school and you expect them to be looked after by an adult in a class who is meant to be a professional. As far as I am concerned, computers have NO PLACE in the classroom. Go back to basics with the old fashioned blackboard, pencils and exercise books. That is the proper way to learn. Computers should only be accessed in comprehensive schools for 16 year olds and older. It is up to the parents what their kids get up to at home. In my eyes the parents are doing the right thing -removing their kids from the offending school. I am sure they can do better -Get this school shut down and get the teachers done for allowing minors to access pornographic material for over 18's only. Makes me seethe.

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  • A-mum83  |  January 30 2014, 10:40PM

    You all do not know the facts it was one picture he DID get of the school computer him and this other child wrote in sex you couldn't see anything on it they literally typed it in picked the first picture which was a man and a woman you couldn't even see a bum in it yes it was wrong but until you all have the facts you shouldn't speculate this is a child with ADHD and aspergers so have a bit of compassion for this little boy Jesus this world and people in it can be awful and cruel this shouldn't even be in the paper it's pathetic

  • JeremyBadger  |  January 30 2014, 9:07PM

    There is absolutely NO PROOF whatsoever that this boy obtained the alleged picture on the school computer so do stop your stupid accusations and theories!

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  • fostera  |  January 30 2014, 9:05AM

    Internet filters are not effective, and should never be seen as a solution. Anyone wishing to bypass a filter at school, work, or even the government's default-on filter, can do so easily with a few minutes on Google. The only thing these filters really succeed in doing is teaching children about proxy servers and onion routing, which can be far more dangerous. Even without bypassing a filter, many sites remain unblocked while many other legitimate sites (sexual health, women's refuge, and Childline style sites) can be flagged as questionable. The issue here is the children being given unmonitored access to the Internet. That should never have happened.

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  • The_Reverend  |  January 30 2014, 8:54AM

    Erm, i think you will find it does ;) "Mrs Dowling said her nine-year-old daughter was distressed by the alleged incident". Maybe you missed it because it was spelt rather then with a numeric ;) Oh & the social networking reference was regarding computer content filters.

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  • JeremyBadger  |  January 29 2014, 10:24PM

    Er, Coffeecup, who said anyone was 9 years old and who said anything about a Social Networking site? A total distortion of the truth I think!

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  • JeremyBadger  |  January 29 2014, 10:20PM

    "She didn't actually see the picture but the boy told her he had shown it to another pupil." Well that says it all.......... the girl saw NOTHING! Was there , in fact, anything to see?

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  • BobToronto  |  January 29 2014, 5:54PM

    'Something is done' What?

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  • coffeecup  |  January 29 2014, 4:37PM

    Err a nine yr old should NOT be on a social network site

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  • mummyto1  |  January 29 2014, 3:17PM

    The school have followed all the correct procedures and have said they are taking it further. The boy wouldn't have got it from school as the filters would not allow it so chances are he got it from home. The parents are clearly going over the top, the school is doing everything they can and the parents are continuing to make a fuss, they have to understand this is a young boy, not a teenager who should know better. If the school felt any child was in danger i'm sure they would have removed the boy completely.

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