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To think letting a 7yr old sit next to an Emergency Exit on a coach is wrong?

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Sixer Thu 17-Sep-09 22:40:24

Especially after he opened the Exit, thinking it was a window, therefore setting off the alarms on the coach, being sent to the Head, then kept off lunch play time as a punishment. Surely this seat should be reserved for an adult?

LadyGlencoraPalliser Thu 17-Sep-09 22:42:16

I would expect a seven year old to know better to be honest. Being kept off lunchtime play seems a perfectly fair punishment.

differentID Thu 17-Sep-09 22:43:23

Why? By seven he should know enough to know what a door looks like, surely? Teachers response is perfectly reasonable.

MaryMotherOfCheeses Thu 17-Sep-09 22:43:41

Did he do it again? Or was he being given a second chance?

janeite Thu 17-Sep-09 22:43:47

I agree with Lady GP.

twirlymum Thu 17-Sep-09 22:46:19

Yes, I would have thought he would have been able to read the signs.

dogonpoints Thu 17-Sep-09 22:46:39

YABU. It's not wrong

2shoes Thu 17-Sep-09 22:49:49

(nice to see you Sixer)

Sixer Thu 17-Sep-09 22:55:09

His reading isn't brilliant, he is SEN, and tbh has been on a coach twice before. He honestly thought it was to open a window. There were no chances given, or explanations given to those sitting next to an emergency exit. As in don't touch, look at the sign!

Sixer Thu 17-Sep-09 22:57:12

and you 2shoes!

twirlymum Thu 17-Sep-09 23:00:47

You didn't say in the OP he is SEN.

Hando Thu 17-Sep-09 23:04:34

Well she's said it so therefore I don't think YABU at all. Teacher must know his level of reading and to be honest I say any 7 yr old - SEN or NT should been told "this is an emergency exit - do not touch it or try and open it, the alarms will go off". Easy. Poor little mite sad bit unfair to punish a kids when they had no idea what they were doing was wrong in the first place.

2shoes Thu 17-Sep-09 23:06:26

if he has SEN then YANBU

BitOfFun Thu 17-Sep-09 23:12:21

Ah, the AIBU by stealth, my favourite kind grin

BitOfFun Thu 17-Sep-09 23:13:31

(psst, Sixer, if you come back on in a few posts and thank named individuals for their helpful comments, I'll be your friend for life grin)

Sixer Thu 17-Sep-09 23:18:55

So, I need to say something to school. Even without being on an IEP, it still doesn't sit right with me that a 7 yr old shoud sit next to the Emergency exit. It is then the responsibilty of that child to open the door in an Emergency. He's a figgit, can't sit still, i'm only glad the flippin coach hadn't pulled away. How to I approach this? Is this an H&S issue?

LadyGlencoraPalliser Thu 17-Sep-09 23:21:32

Well, I have to say I don't agree with you, Sixer. My seven year old is a right little monkey but if she did what your DS did I would be quite happy that the school had punished her appropriately. Year Three children (and my DD is only just seven) should be able to keep their hands to themselves IMO.

Sixer Thu 17-Sep-09 23:22:47

Sorry Twirly, didn't realise I had to state in the op that my DS has SEN! please forgive me!

Sixer Thu 17-Sep-09 23:42:06

So I'm wrong to be upset, that my ds is upset, because it was his responsibility to read the sign on the Emergency door, and to be thankful, he didn't decide to open the 'window' on route? If he had, who would have been responsible then? I take it schools do a risk assessment when taking 7/8 year olds out on coaches? Thank heavens they don't let children sit next to Emergency Exits on planes!

Sixer Thu 17-Sep-09 23:46:08

Oh Thank you everyone for your helpful advice, you've been a great help! BoF wink

BitOfFun Thu 17-Sep-09 23:56:45


Of course you're not wrong to be upset. FWIW, I would be kicking up a stink myself (having a fidgetty SN dd myself). Good for you being a good sport though smile

Sixer Fri 18-Sep-09 00:28:35

Thanks Bof for the support. Why do I feel like a weirdo?

BitOfFun Fri 18-Sep-09 00:36:23

Because it's really late and only weirdos are up! Me included. I bet there will be a few replies in the morning that give some more balance. If you think it was unfair the way he was treated, you are quite entitleed to say to the school why- and I bet nobody else, if it was their child, would say any different. You know he wasn't just being a little git, so it was unfair what happened.

MarmadukeScarlet Fri 18-Sep-09 00:41:44

On an aeroplane it wouldn't be allowed - is that any comfort?

Pregnant women aren't allowed to on an aeroplane either (what in case they are so vast they get stuck and everyone perishes in the ensuing pile up?) and DS, who has physical disabilities, isn't either (see explaination above I guess).

Sixer Fri 18-Sep-09 00:47:22

Bof have i met you in another maybe sensible life? You sound like my mum, and yes, I shall go to bed now and sleep on it! wink hen

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