Last December a double-decker bus full of school children, all around nine years old ,tried to drive under a low railway bridge. It didn’t make it. The top floor was ripped off, and 52 children and four members of staff had a terrifying ordeal. Fortunately, no one was more seriously hurt than some cuts and bruises.
The local paper reported this incident, naturally. They could have illustrated their story with a picture like the one above. No doubt they would have been castigated by the parents of any nine year olds who read the Nottingham Evening Post for causing debilitating and traumatising flash backs of of the experience…
Instead, mindful of their vast readership of nine year olds, they illustrated the story with a picture of two young children being comforted by a friendly policeman whilst they waited for their parents to arrive.
Was this not alleviating the worries of any young readers that should a similar thing happen to them, then friendly local bobbies would be on hand to look after them whilst they waited?
No, no, absolutely not! These were children who shall inherit the earth, you can do nothing with them, near them or around them that can possibly be right……
This week, the parents of one of the children had a complaint upheld by the Press Complaints Commission – the child,Â it seems,Â had been ‘very upset’ at seeing this picture of her being looked after……
Besides, ‘a custodial parent or similarly responsible adult’ had not given permission for that picture to be published – quite possibly because no parents were present when the photographer took the pictures.
The school are probably bracing themselves for a possible Human Rights claim for failing to protect the child from marauding policemen looking to do their job.
I daren’t read another newspaper today, my blood pressure won’t stand it.
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