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to think teachers should not be drinking when on a school trip?

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KimbettyBooBah Wed 27-Mar-13 13:28:39

DD (14) came back from her school France trip saying that the teachers had been drinking beer at lunch time, and one time in the evening too.

AIBU to be angry about this?

Xmasbaby11 Wed 27-Mar-13 13:30:41

Depends how much they drink. If it's just a couple, I can't see the problem. YABU

redskyatnight Wed 27-Mar-13 13:31:20

If they all were drinking excessively to the point of insensibility - YANBU
If it was the occasional beer and always at leastone non-drinker - YABU

Do you ever a drink when you are responsible for your DC?

CloudsAndTrees Wed 27-Mar-13 13:32:00

I wouldn't mind them having a drink. There is a difference between them having a beer with lunch and a glass of wine with dinner and them being drunk.

Any more than one or two would make me question their sense of responsibility, but I don't think there's anything wrong with them having a couple. They are giving up a huge amount of their own time when they take other people's children on holiday, they don't get paid and they have a huge amount of stress and responsibility. I don't think it's fair to begrudge them a couple of beers.

KimbettyBooBah Wed 27-Mar-13 13:32:22

I think only one or two beers, and one of the teachers is tee total. Is it OK though?

HDEE Wed 27-Mar-13 13:32:32


They gave up their free time, time that isn't paid, time that they could have spent pursuing hobbies of with their families, and you begrudge them a beer or two? Really?

Adults drinking healthy amounts around teenagers, and showing them that they don't have to fall around drunk can only be a good thing surely?

Rat-arsed and vomitting teachers would BU.

ThingummyBob Wed 27-Mar-13 13:32:39


People drink at lunchtime, no biggie as far as I'm concerned.

Evenings on a school trip with 14 year olds? I'd say the teachers deserve a drink wink I doubt they are being paid round-the-clock.

I'm assuming they weren't sat there getting shitfaced in front of the pupils.

WowOoo Wed 27-Mar-13 13:32:41

Was this all of the teachers?

As long as they weren't getting totally shit faced I don't think I'd mind too much.

KimbettyBooBah Wed 27-Mar-13 13:34:02

There was one who doesn't drink at all so I'm told.

issypiggle Wed 27-Mar-13 13:34:16

that was the point of our trips to france when i was at school. the teachers had one(day trip). it was only ever a couple of them and some of them wouldn't.

if that was you with a group of teenagers in a different country would you pass up an opportunity for a quick one?

TheOriginalSteamingNit Wed 27-Mar-13 13:34:27

yes, it is OK. YABU.

whistleahappytune Wed 27-Mar-13 13:34:54

YABU. If they had a beer or a glass of wine with a meal, then I don't see a problem at all. In fact, I would be happy to buy the teachers a drink as I'm sure they deserve it.

I not much of a drinker myself, but I really don't think you have any cause to be angry.

PollyEthelEileen Wed 27-Mar-13 13:35:07

They shouldn't be drinking if they are directly looking after students.

Most teachers will do a rota for supervision. They do get some off-time.

I would doubt anyone was rolling drunk at lunchtime and well able to react to any emergency or other need.

KimbettyBooBah Wed 27-Mar-13 13:35:21

Do teachers usually do this? Never heard of it before.

BaronessBomburst Wed 27-Mar-13 13:35:25

YABU. Why do you think it's inappropriate?

NatashaBee Wed 27-Mar-13 13:35:28

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Cluffyfunt Wed 27-Mar-13 13:35:36

I would need to drink if I were in charge of a load of hormonal teens!

Seriously though, having an alcoholic drink doesn't mean that the teacher was drunk.
If all the staff were pissed, then I would be a bit wound up.

Your dd is 14 so not a baby and I doubt she needs protecting from the sight of adults drinking (responsibly).

complexnumber Wed 27-Mar-13 13:35:46

Maybe not at lunchtime.

But in the evening? I can't see a problem, assuming they are drinking sensibly.

KimbettyBooBah Wed 27-Mar-13 13:36:51

I don't think any of them were driving, they took a coach.

AuntieStella Wed 27-Mar-13 13:37:22

Having a drink - fine

Getting perceptibly drunk (even mildly tipsy when it's teens) - not fine

jamdonut Wed 27-Mar-13 13:37:28

As long as they weren't rolling drunk,I can't see that a beer with a meal is much to worry about.

I know that teachers waiting for groups on Duke of Edinburgh award expeditions, which my daughter went on,waited in a local pub for them, had a meal and a drink. But then they were driving too, so I don't suppose they would had enough to go over the limit.

I don't think it is worth getting angry about. But that is just me.
(It is more than their lives are worth to have been out of control.)

whistleahappytune Wed 27-Mar-13 13:38:04

OP, are you worried they are drunk and therefore incapable of dealing with an emergency? Or are you worried about some kind of example they are setting? I'm really trying to see what you are upset about.

BaronessBomburst Wed 27-Mar-13 13:38:41

IIRC, when I was at school the teachers always had wine with their Christmas lunch.

KimbettyBooBah Wed 27-Mar-13 13:39:27

I just thought it would be against the rules. I don't suppose it's a big deal unless they were being irresponsible. I can take it, I admit IABU. Thanks

DiscoDonkey Wed 27-Mar-13 13:40:08

Wouldn't bother me.

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