I”ve now achieved a certain number of years. This allows me to walk with a stick and waggle it aggressively at people, to push to the front of any queue, and to have offered to me instantly any seat on public transport. If any of these things happened, however, I would be mortified. I have no intention of being so rude, nor do I want anyone to know from how I look that I qualify for a seat on general senility grounds.
But that does not mean I was not horrified to read of schoolchildren being stopped by their teachers from offering their seats on London”s underground to a disabled woman. Not only did these children between six and 10 years old not instantly jump to their feet when a clearly frail adult got on the train, but when she asked for a seat, they refused. She has multiple sclerosis and, while not in a wheelchair or obviously disabled, finds standing difficult.
This was a group from Orion Primary School in Colindale, north London, who were モバイル カジノ returning from a school trip on a Northern Line Tube train at about 4.30pm. Now there are a number of so-wrong things going on here. Firstly, young children not offering their seat to any adult.
Second, even if the children had to stay in their seats for some school rule reason there is no excuse for the teachers not jumping up to set an example “Children, I know that you have to stay in your seats as I am attempting to herd 35 children and if you are sitting down I am less likely to lose one of you, but I am showing how proper thoughtful manners works by offering my own seat because I am strong and well and young”
The school then compounded the error – “Ms Cooper did not reveal she was registered disabled at the time and insisted a teacher would have asked one of the older children to give up their seat if this had been known.”
And the local council weighed in with this mealy mouthed “In instances where a large number of young children, aged six to 10 years old, are travelling on the Tube, safety is the school’s primary priority.
“Since being notified of the situation the school and pupils have written to the resident apologising for the misunderstanding.” The school has deprived these children of a valuable lesson in life manners- that behaving properly and with thoughtful kindness will make you nicer and feel better about yourself and everyone else.The rule on giving up a seat is quite clear. The younger you are, the maler and the healthier, the quicker you stand.
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