Outrage over UK primary school barring parents from bringing kids' siblings to attend Christmas concert
Teachers at a British primary school barring siblings of kids who would be performing in a Christmas celebration concert, over fears that they might be too noisy and disrupt the performances on stage has reportedly caused outrage among parents.
Eldwick Primary School in Bingley, West Yorks, UK has reportedly told parents they can come to their school Christmas concert being held at the local church but they must not bring any other children.
The decision has now outraged parents who feel that it goes against the whole essence of Christmas, while one family has even decided to boycott the event, The Telegraph reports.
According to the paper, Melanie Whitehead, 40, a mother-of-four, said there was no way she could go to see her son's show without bringing her other children.
"If we can't go as a family to church to see him, I don't see why we should go without our children and we can't let our son perform without his parents being able to go and see him," she said.
"It's like a pantomime about people who can't bring children to a nativity play. It should be about the children after all," she added.
The head teacher Janice Kershaw said she would love to welcome children of all ages but there was just not room - and they may spoil the concert, the paper said.
"We hope you will appreciate that other children and babies will not be allowed in the Concert because any background noise could make it difficult to hear the performers," she told parents in a letter.
"We hope we have given adequate time to make alternative arrangements for their care," she added.