Last week, my daughter came home and announced that she had something really awful to a girl in her class. I don’ even want to say what it was which should get across to you that it was really bad.
The next day, her Dad delivered her to breakfast club as usual. Just as I was settling into some work, the door bell rang. I could see my daughter through the door. I was shocked. I asked her what was happening and she said she had left school as she knew she was going to be in trouble for the incident the day before.
I asked her how she got out of school and whether anyone had seen her. She said she had walked into the playground and out through the gate and made her way home. The school is over a mile away from our house.
We talked for a few minutes and then the telephone rang. It was her school and I reassured them that she was with me and I would return her as soon as possible.
We walked back to school and the receptionist returned her to class saying the Head would be having word with her later and would be firm but fair. It was not easy to leave her as she was clearly upset. I asked if it would be helpful for me to talk to the Head and was told that was not necessary.
At the end of the school day, I picked her up and she told me the Head had a chat with her and the matter was now closed.
My concern on the day was dealing with the unexpected incident and ensuring she felt as OK as possible but also knew she would have to accept some discipline.
When I talked on Twitter about my day, other parents and people involved in teaching said this was a serious safeguarding matter.
We are new to the area. A big part of me does not want to make a fuss or to be seen as a difficult parent.
However, the very next day, the children in the school received a letter for us about an attempted abduction of a child in the next village.
It does make you think.
Should I say something to the school or leave things as they are?
I should point out that the gate to the school was still open when I returned my daughter to school.
What would you do?