A policing crackdown on truants hit a snag yesterday when it emerged many pupils were out of the classroom because of teacher-training days.All very amusing. But later on the East Anglian Daily Times report says:
The "truancy sweep" across Colchester was a joint initiative between Essex Police and educational welfare officers from the county council.
Pc John Meacock and educational welfare officer Justine Musk headed to Tesco at Highwoods, where they spotted a number of youngsters with parents or grandparents.The idea that you can be stopped by the police and asked to account for yourself simply because you are with your children has always seemed to me outrageous. It is something that would take place in totalitarian state. But we have become so used to the belief that the state cares more for our children than we do ourselves that it goes unremarked.
But after a friendly word from Pc Meacock, it emerged they were all out with good reason - either teacher training or in one case a kidney infection.
Found via Fair Deal Phil (cringe).