Sad and angry...

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 November 2013

I feel compelled to express my opinion regarding last week’s Budleigh Journal front page (Controversy over school crisps ban).

The article makes me sad and angry. St Peter’s School holds regular parents’ forum meetings, where any parent who wishes to attend is made most welcome.

The meetings are always well advertised and the topics for the agenda are from suggestions by parents and staff.

It was at one of these meetings that the crisp ban was discussed. Some of us expressed that we thought we should be given a choice in whether our children eat crisps or not. Mr Elliott listened to our opinions, which were varied, and he explained that he had serious concerns about the lunch box contents of some of the pupils, but he took our points on board and a compromise was made.

I find it strange that, instead of having a frank and adult discussion with Mr Elliott on the subject, that someone chose to go to the paper.

It is very saddening that the Journal chose to print this on the front page, rather than the letter from Margaret Lock who had a “delightful visit” at St Peter’s School, and was really impressed by the children and the ambience (Journal, November 21).

As for the London trip, I am angry that this person has the audacity to criticise the staff who gave up their own family time so that a child could have such a memorable experience. How dare this person pick them up on giving out crisps when they kept his child safe, fed and warm in the big city.

As a parent, I would ask that if anyone else has such an issue, they discuss matters with the head teacher, instead of going to the paper. I look forward to seeing new faces at the next parents’ forum meeting.

Kate Harrison

Budleigh Salterton

via email.

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