Children Over Five ‘Wearing Nappies In Class’

Children Over Five ‘Wearing Nappies In Class’

A Sky News investigation finds that hundreds of pupils, some as old as 15, are unable to use a toilet on their own at school.

By Afua Hirsch, Social Affairs and Education Editor

Children are still wearing nappies in class after the age of five in hundreds of schools across the country, a Sky News investigation has found.

Teachers have reported pupils as old as 15 who have no medical conditions or developmental issues, but who are unable to use the toilet on their own.

In what is believed to be the first survey of its kind, Sky News commissioned the National Foundation for Educational Research to ask head teachers and staff in England about their experiences of children coming to schools wearing nappies.

Almost one in 10 heads and senior staff who responded said in the past year a child aged between five and seven had worn a nappy to school.

The figure was 5% for classroom teachers.

Almost one in 20 heads and senior staff said that in the last year a child aged seven to 11 had worn a nappy to school.

And 1% of classroom teachers surveyed had experience of older children in nappies.

The survey was completed by 602 teachers in primary schools and 561 teachers in secondary schools.

The figures suggest that head teachers and senior staff at a substantial number of England’s 16,000 primary schools have experience in the past 12 months of at least one pupil above the age of five still wearing nappies.

There has been growing evidence in recent years that increasing numbers of children are starting school in nappies.

But this is the first research to suggest the problem extends beyond the Reception year.

And experts say it is not just pupils from deprived backgrounds who are not being toilet trained, but those who have working parents too busy to address the issue.

Anne-Marie Middleton, a deputy head teacher from Dover, says many pupils are too embarrassed to admit they still wear nappies.

She said: “We’re seeing more and more children wearing nappies. We find that more and more children have an issue with toilet (training) further up the school.

Ms Middleton says that the busy lives of parents are often at the root of the problem, with pupils arriving at school without many basic skills including toileting, or being able to use a knife and fork.

Boy Found Handcuffed to Front Porch Wearing Dead Chicken Necklace, CPS Supervisor Arrested

Boy Found Handcuffed to Front Porch Wearing Dead Chicken Necklace, CPS Supervisor Arrested

Chicken inexplicably tied around boy’s neck

Adan Salazar
Infowars.com
November 18, 2013

A Child Protective Services supervisor was arrested this past week after police found an 11-year-old boy shivering and handcuffed to the front porch of her home with a dead chicken tied around his neck.

While responding to a call in the area, a Union County, North Carolina sheriff’s deputy says he took the initiative to investigate what appeared to be a child cuffed to the porch of a run-down home.

The approaching officer was confronted Friday morning by foster parent and emergency room nurse Dorian Lee Harper, 57, who offered no explanation as to why the boy was handcuffed at the ankles, nor why the dead chicken.

Police arrested Harper, and proceeded inside the home where they encountered extreme living conditions unfit for wildlife, let alone a family.

“It was filthy, feces on the floor, holes in the wall,” said Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey describing the house’s substandard sanitation to local news crews.  “The bathroom, you could see from outside of the hall into the bathroom. Sink was trashed. No running water.”

The outside of the home was littered with trash, old bicycles and rusty, broken appliances, basically looking like a scene out of Hoarders, and smelled like urine and feces, according to CNN’s Nick Valencia, but it was arguably in better condition than the home itself, says Sheriff Cathey. “As bad as you think that house was on the outside, that’s probably the cleanest part of that place.”

Four other foster children found living at the property, ages 8, 9, 13 and 14, were all deemed malnourished, and placed in protective custody. Police also had to feed several animals roaming the yard, including a horse and two llamas penned up behind the home.

Sheriff Cathey said all five children slept in the same room on blankets laid out on the floor, and that the 11-year-old boy was kept handcuffed to a 3-foot piece of railroad to keep him from running away.