Parents of pupils at Dixons Academy in Liverpool were furious after pupils were given a worksheet claiming truant children are more likely to drink, use drugs and have children
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Shocked parents have slammed a school’s “offensive” worksheet that claimed children who missed classes were more likely to have sex, use drugs and drink alcohol at an early age.
The document was given to students at Dixons Academy in Liverpool and the school has been sticking with the controversial tactic ever since.
The newspaper has infuriated parents about what their children are being told. The Liverpool Echo reports.
One mother criticized the school for “massively stereotyping” and stigmatizing young parents and being dead wrong.
The “offensive” statement on the worksheet reads, “Young people who skip school are more likely to use alcohol or drugs,” and another said that students who miss school are “more likely to become young parents.”
The statements were among 10 on the worksheet given to children in the academy’s isolation unit known as Mountain Support.
She asked the children to find out which of the statements were true, including: “Young people who regularly skip school are more likely to have sex early.”
Another statement read: “Young people who truant or engage in crime or antisocial behavior can seriously harm their future education and job opportunities.”
The paper claimed all 10 statements were true and that “if you play truant, you put yourself at risk.”
“However, your behavior also affects others around you, including your family, your friends, teachers and staff at school and others in the community.”
A mother whose son was given the worksheet branded the document “ridiculous.”
She said: “When he should have been in class, instead of studying, he was asked to think about these issues. If you skip school, it seems like you’re more likely to have sex or no friends in your life.
“That’s ridiculous. I particularly resent the comment about young parents, many children in this school come from so-called young parents.
“You massively stereotype the local community and stigmatize being a young parent as badly as bad behavior at school entails.
“That’s not only insulting, it’s completely wrong.” Parents are said to be “at the end of their tether” with the school in search of answers about the document
One added: “Our biggest concern is the lack of work in so-called isolation. The children should learn whether or not they are isolated for punishment, how can the children go back to class not knowing what assignments have been missed?
“In any case, this particular sheet of paper is alarming.”
A spokesman for Dixons Academy defended the document, saying the school is alerting students to problems “so they are better prepared to make decisions to protect themselves.”
In a statement, the spokesman said: “Protecting our entire school community is our main priority. Part of keeping children safe is helping them be aware of the risks they might be exposed to around the world.
“We work with students to ensure they understand these risks so they can make better decisions.
“One area of concern is the risks that truant children may face while absent from school.
“Children who truant are at greater risk for a range of problems, including lower educational outcomes, sexual exploitation, involvement in crime and other risk-taking behaviors.
“We are making students aware of these issues so they are better prepared to make decisions to protect themselves.
“We want students to be taught in a safe learning environment that prepares them for later life and is not endangered.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/fury-school-worksheet-says-truant-27222549 Anger as a school worksheet states that truant children are more likely to have "early sex" and use drugs