Angry parents have slammed a ‘prison’ school’s strict new rules on toilet breaks and lateness, with one mother saying her daughter has stopped drinking during the school day to avoid having to use the toilet.
A protest was launched over ‘harsh’ rules at Camborne Science and International Academy in Cornwall after children were thrown out of lessons for being just two minutes late – leading to angry scenes when the police were called.
Parents have said pupils are put in ‘reflection’ for minor infractions including yawning, going to the toilet and having laddered tights – which is ‘having a negative impact on their mental wellbeing’ as they return from school ‘crying every night’.
One mother said: ‘The toilet issue – my daughter is not drinking, and my son, because she can’t time when she needs to go to the toilet.’
Videos posted on TikTok show pupils climbing school fences to join the protest and chanting ‘school is s**t’ in opposition to the new rules.
Police were later called to the students’ revolt as the academy’s headteacher said the rules are ‘vital’ for the school’s ‘wellbeing and success’.
Headteacher Emma Haase told MailOnline that Facebook groups had fuelled miscommunications and inaccuracies which led to the disruption outside the school.