London’s Calling. Or Is It?

Spud (10) brought home a letter from school yesterday about an upcoming trip to London that they do every year for the year 6 kids. Or at least that was what I thought it was.

I read the letter and to be honest my first thoughts were ‘what the fuck?’ It wasn’t a consent letter for a trip to London, it was a consent form for them to organise a trip to London, not that we wanted him to go and that we were willing to pay the ‘voluntary’ contribution (hahaha voluntary my arse) to cover the costs. If 50% or more people say no it’s cancelled.

It would seem that since the shit show of the last few years with the increase in terrorist attacks they’re thinking of not arranging the trip. Concerns have been made by both teachers and parents about them going to London/seeing popular sites/using the tube. I was pretty shocked to be honest. We have been to London several times ourselves over the summer and we are in Manchester all the time. We aren’t scared, we just go about our day to day activities as we did before. Perhaps we’re slightly more aware of what is going on around us and we certainly notice a greater police presence, but nothing has changed.

We Love OUR Manchester

We have taught our children not to fear these people, not to let them prevent us from doing what we want to do. I pretty sure the thousands of Londoners who take the underground aren’t going to stop doing so.

My main problem with this is that surely they could have arranged the trip and given people the option to stay in school. (Which i’m quite sure some will do if it goes ahead). It’s not a small school. There’s 4 classes of around 30 children in each year group so it would not mean taking a handful of children surely?

Actually that’s a lie. My real main problem with this is that they send letters home to parents with the kids, they read the letters, my son is now unsure whether London is safe to visit. They’ve made him scared and that is simply not on.

What do you think? Would you let your children go? Is my anger justified?

I’d really love to hear you thoughts!

After The Playground
  1. 3 weeks ago
    Celine Bell

    I live in London with my two kids. It is a safe city, full of kind and generous people, incredible things to see and do, and opportunities for adventure and exploration. I’m so mad when people think that it’s dangerous because of a few bigots. The simple truth is your kids are more at risk when crossing the road. Lets not scare them unnecessarily – there is enough crap out there that they’ll come into in their own sweet time. Great post x #TweensTeensBeyond

    • 3 weeks ago

      Exactly my thoughts! We’ve tried to not scare them ourselves but it feels like the school are being ridiculous to me.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Jo - Mother of Teenagers

    I live in London and as a mother worry that my teens may be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but life does continue and it is important to maintain some form of normality and similarly with my husband and I . We haven’t changed the way we conduct our lives. My daughter travelled to France a few years ago shortly after the attacks there and there were some parents who did withdraw their children from the trip. We didn’t. Terrorism is unfortunately a part of our world but it is important to put these incidences in perspective and not make our children anxious. Good luck! Hope the trip goes ahead. Lovely to have you back. #TweensTeensBeyond

    • 3 weeks ago

      Precisely it’s all about perspective. We cannot wrap our children in a safe little bubble, and even if we could it would do them no good when they do venture out on their own.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Sharon Parry

    I am a perpetual worrier about school trips in general so, to be honest, the threat of terrorism is just a small fraction of my worry load which includes injuries whilst taking part in activities and road traffic accidents on the bus getting there! I will worry just as much now as I did 10 years ago but I will continue to put on a brave face in front of them and let them go. Thanks so much for joining us at #TweensTeensBeyond

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Nicky Kentisbeer

    Yep, I hear you. We had similar circumstances before leaving primary and we live in London. I know exactly what you mean about letters in the bag. Our trips went ahead though but I know that people are very divided on this. Particularly, when something has just happened. A sad sign of our times. Thanks for joining in with us at #tweensteensbeyond


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