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 every.single.day 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!