Burnley school bans school-run dogs

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Dogs will not be allowed on the premises of St John the Baptist RC School Dogs will not be allowed on the premises of St John the Baptist RC School

A SCHOOL has banned dogs from its playground after concerns from pupils and parents.

Parents at St John the Baptist RC School, in Thames Avenue, have successfully lobbied for a playground ban on the pets of parents and visitors.

It comes after 11-month-old Ava-Jayne Corless was killed after being savaged by an illegal pit bull terrier at a home in Blackburn.

Headteacher at St John’s Kieran Heakin, said guide dogs and support dogs would be admitted access, but other dogs were banned.

Mr Heakin said the idea came from parents and had been unanimously approved by both the parents council at the school and a council representing pupils.

He said: “This idea came from parents themselves. Though we’ve not seen any violent dogs at the school, it’s reasonable to say recent incidents are in the back of their minds.

"When a parent hears of a violent dog incident, it’s natural for them to review how well their children are protected. They have brought this complaint to us and because we have the parent council in place they’ve been able to see a good result and have their complaint taken seriously.

“We’ve not had any incidents of concern but some of the children do not like it when there’s a dog on the playground.

“As well as some children feeling nervous around dogs, we have some children who have allergies. Even when a dog is quite a nice dog, they often get very excited around young children and can be quite rambunctious.

“It just makes sense to make a rule keeping them off the premises, because we can’t know each dog’s background.”

Mr Heakin said one parent at the school had a visual impairment and she also approved of the general ban. She had agreed to make sure her dog was wearing a vest at all times to show he was a trained support dog.

A council of eight parents had given the plan the thumbs-up and a children’s council had also unanimously backed the ban on dogs.

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9:15am Tue 18 Feb 14

HairyBowls says...

(Round of applause) ALL schools should follow suit. At last a decent proposal!
(Round of applause) ALL schools should follow suit. At last a decent proposal! HairyBowls
  • Score: 9

9:29am Tue 18 Feb 14

burner says...

Hilarious picture . . . is that a parent or a pupil?
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Point of picture ? . . . to demonstrate what a dog looks like ?
Hilarious picture . . . is that a parent or a pupil? . Point of picture ? . . . to demonstrate what a dog looks like ? burner
  • Score: 15

9:44am Tue 18 Feb 14

Biggy12 says...

The picture is a fine example of what a dangerous dog looks like,the hound is irrelevant ;-)
The picture is a fine example of what a dangerous dog looks like,the hound is irrelevant ;-) Biggy12
  • Score: 1

10:09am Tue 18 Feb 14

midas says...

burner wrote:
Hilarious picture . . . is that a parent or a pupil? . Point of picture ? . . . to demonstrate what a dog looks like ?
I don't think any of the parents have legs like that!!!
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: Hilarious picture . . . is that a parent or a pupil? . Point of picture ? . . . to demonstrate what a dog looks like ?[/p][/quote]I don't think any of the parents have legs like that!!! midas
  • Score: 9

11:22am Tue 18 Feb 14

abbo01 says...

She can bring her dog to my local school anytime.
She can bring her dog to my local school anytime. abbo01
  • Score: 9

12:30pm Tue 18 Feb 14

doylerf says...

HairyBowls wrote:
(Round of applause) ALL schools should follow suit. At last a decent proposal!
Follow suit? Most schools implemented this years ago. This school shouldn't be congratulated on is proposal, it should be berated for being so **** slow.
[quote][p][bold]HairyBowls[/bold] wrote: (Round of applause) ALL schools should follow suit. At last a decent proposal![/p][/quote]Follow suit? Most schools implemented this years ago. This school shouldn't be congratulated on is proposal, it should be berated for being so **** slow. doylerf
  • Score: 4

12:40pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Steven Seagull says...

abbo01 wrote:
She can bring her dog to my local school anytime.
Be careful making that assumption she might be a Kronenbourg , sixteen from behind but when she turns round she's sixty four.
[quote][p][bold]abbo01[/bold] wrote: She can bring her dog to my local school anytime.[/p][/quote]Be careful making that assumption she might be a Kronenbourg , sixteen from behind but when she turns round she's sixty four. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 3

1:54pm Tue 18 Feb 14

andy1 says...

Looking at her from behind I dont mind going walkies. I have a gut wrenching feeling Steven Seagull maybe right.
Looking at her from behind I dont mind going walkies. I have a gut wrenching feeling Steven Seagull maybe right. andy1
  • Score: 1

2:21pm Tue 18 Feb 14

BIGGLESTOE says...

Broiler chicken legs springs to mind, plus the song 'You ain't nothin but an Hound Dog'! OOH UH:-)
Broiler chicken legs springs to mind, plus the song 'You ain't nothin but an Hound Dog'! OOH UH:-) BIGGLESTOE
  • Score: -1

2:34pm Tue 18 Feb 14

greenscreener says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
abbo01 wrote:
She can bring her dog to my local school anytime.
Be careful making that assumption she might be a Kronenbourg , sixteen from behind but when she turns round she's sixty four.
Be careful making that assumption, it might be the Labrador he's interested in.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]abbo01[/bold] wrote: She can bring her dog to my local school anytime.[/p][/quote]Be careful making that assumption she might be a Kronenbourg , sixteen from behind but when she turns round she's sixty four.[/p][/quote]Be careful making that assumption, it might be the Labrador he's interested in. greenscreener
  • Score: 1

4:45pm Tue 18 Feb 14

burner says...

What a superb story from the eighties, topped off by any-old-picture-of-a
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What a superb story from the eighties, topped off by any-old-picture-of-a -dog-will-do-I-don't -give-a-****-let-me- finish-my-crossword- and-coffee-you're-th e-bloody-picture-edi tor-you-decide-no-on e-will-notice-I-had- a-bloody-awful-drive -to-work-this-mornin g-and-my-boyfriend-i s-being-arsey-and-no w-look-what-you've-d one-I've-broken-a-bl oody-nail-I-should-n ever-have-got-out-of -bed-this-morning-bu gger-off-do-you-thin k-I-have-nothing-bet ter-to-do? -a-dog-has-chased-a- postman-hold-the-fro nt-page-no-wait-a-mi nute-get-me-a-pictur e-of-a-dog-I-don't-c are-any-bloody-dog-w ill-do-as-long-as-it 's-not-the-same-**** ing-dog ! burner
  • Score: 3

5:36pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Truth will out says...

You hate to laugh but that picture really isn't doing the Telegraph any favours. Show a picture of the school maybe. Maybe a picture of the headmaster. Not this though.
It gives the impression that the Telegraph thinks their readers don't know what a dog is.What next, a picture of a puddle when we have some rain?
You hate to laugh but that picture really isn't doing the Telegraph any favours. Show a picture of the school maybe. Maybe a picture of the headmaster. Not this though. It gives the impression that the Telegraph thinks their readers don't know what a dog is.What next, a picture of a puddle when we have some rain? Truth will out
  • Score: 3

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