Furious parents have slammed a secondary school for its strict new rules regarding how kids stand, which have been described as “like Hitler”.
Samantha Sawdon, 40, and Lisa Thompson, 39, both have children at Outwood Academy Ormesby in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, and are not happy with the new rules which see students having to stand with their left foot on a line and raise their hand in the air for silence at break time.
Samantha, whose children 15-year-old Tyler and 13-year-old Tilly attend the school, has compared the process to a military camp and has questioned what children are supposed to do if they require help, Teesside Live reports.
She said: "They are not happy, they have even said kids are shouting 'Heil Hitler!' when they are doing it.
"It's like a military camp – it's like a salute. It's just not positive. We shouldn't be giving out that system for children. It's a really bad thing to be putting out there.
"In primary school you raise your hand to get attention. They're going against what they are told as a child – put your arm up to get help.”
Samantha said she emailed the school about the rules on Monday but did not receive a response and said she would like the school to improve their communication with parents.
The full-time mum said: "A lot of parents aren't happy about it. The kids have been through a lot. They've gone to school after a horrible two years of home schooling.
"They're being treated like little children. My son is 15 years old and he's about to leave to go out to work.
"I don't have issue with them standing in line. But standing with their left foot and then putting their hand up to be quiet – it's gone a bit far."
Lisa Thompson's 13-year-old daughter Sienna also attends the school.
The 39-year-old shop assistant said: "It's not good, I'm not going to let my daughter do that in school. In my eyes they're in there to be taught schoolwork not to be lined up in a playground. It's just a joke, it's just not acceptable.
"They're doing a stand like Hitler. I think it's disgusting, it's disgraceful."
Lisa said she has told her teenage daughter not to take part in the lining up method.
She said: "She doesn't like it, she said 'mam I'm not doing it'. I know some kids stand there and laugh about it but it's not a laughing matter, this is serious.”
Gemma Trattles, Associate Executive Principal at Outwood, said the raising of the hand has been brought in to show teachers that pupils are paying attention.
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She said: "We introduced this process for entering the school at the start of the day and end of break times this week and the feedback from students has been really positive, which makes these complaints all the more surprising and saddening to hear.
"Although we have only introduced this process, children across the country have been lining up after break and lunch times for decades and the raising of the hand is simply a gesture that informs the teacher that the student is attentive and ready to enter the classroom. Again, this is something that happens in many schools.
"Also, we want to state clearly that if any student is heard saying phrases like those the parent has alleged, this would not be tolerated in school as it is completely unacceptable."
Ms Trattles said the school wants to work with their parent community to help better support the students.
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