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Mother and father’ fury as children advised to cease high-fiving lollipop man after grievance

Parents’ fury as kids told to stop high-fiving lollipop man after complaint


PARENTS have vented their fury after their children had been advised to cease high-fiving the lollipop man after ONE grievance about his behaviour.

Ex-farmer Jim Hewitson, 59, has helped children cross the highway in rain, wind and snow for the previous decade – with many children fortunately excessive fiving the daddy of two when crossing.

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Jim Hewitson has helped children cross the highway rain or shine for the previous decade[/caption]

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Schoolkids usually high-five Jim on their solution to faculty[/caption]

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A message was despatched to folks asking kids to cease high-fiving Jim once they cross the highway[/caption]

However a current grievance compelled Jim to warn mother and father at Galston Major in East Ayrshire that their children ought to cease the follow – for worry he might lose his job.

A message despatched from the college on January 13 learn: “Might all mother and father please ask their kids to cease giving Jim the crossing patroller or his highway crossing signal a excessive 5 when he takes them throughout the highway.

“A grievance has been made to the council about this behaviour and Jim has requested us to make mother and father conscious of this to keep away from any additional complaints.”

Gail Mcfarlane was amongst a whole bunch of fogeys to take to social media to complain, writing: “He’s a sort caring man with not a nasty bone in his physique.”

Janette Crawford stated: “This can’t be severe. What on the planet is occurring to this society?

“The poor man is there to get the youngsters safely throughout the highway. A lot nicer to have a superb rapport with the youngsters and for the youngsters to point out some appreciation.”

There was clear proof of some kids ignoring the ban this week.

Talking concerning the choice, Jim stated: “I used to be advised that I might get sacked on the spot, nonetheless my boss got here out after the grievance was made and advised me straight that I wouldn’t lose my job which was a aid.

“I felt upset about it, I used to be questioning every little thing I used to be doing.”

He added: “I really like this job, I really like interacting with the youngsters. I simply find it irresistible. One of many Mums has advised me that seeing me within the morning makes her day.”

Andrew Kennedy, Head of Services and Property Administration at East Ayrshire Council stated: “Our faculty crossing patrollers present a pleasant face for the journey to highschool in addition to an vital help to kids and their mother and father crossing roads to get to highschool safely.

“Data was issued through the college app that has brought about concern and I’d make clear that the crossing patroller was not formally instructed to cease the younger folks excessive fiving him.

“When this problem was additional raised with the council, The service supervisor assured the crossing patroller that he has our full help for the superb work that he has carried out over the past ten years.

“Whereas he’s there to help kids crossing safely his constructive angle and fascinating strategy with the younger folks is inspired.”


This isn’t the primary time a lollipop man has been advised to cease high-fiving children whereas serving to them cross the highway.

In 2018 award-winning crossing grasp Bryan Broom was compelled to give up his job after mother and father moaned he was grooming their children with high-fives.

In the identical 12 months, a ban stopping an 85-year-old lollipop man from excessive fiving faculty kids in Heaviley, Stockport, was lifted following a backlash from livid mother and father. Stockport Council had been compelled to apologise and raise the ban.

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Gail Mcfarlane was amongst mother and father who spoke out concerning the information on social media[/caption]

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Janette Crawford is in favour of Jim serving to children cross the highway[/caption]

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Jim is widespread inside the group[/caption]


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