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Walsall school closes after parents 'drag' children through windows and over fences' following security alert

A Walsall school was forced to close after it is claimed a "mob" of around 50 parents made their way onto the premises in a bid to collect children following a security alert.

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Bloxwich Academy. Photo: Google

Police were called to Bloxwich Academy in Leamore Lane, Beechdale, on Thursday afternoon when dozens of parents arrived after it was wrongly believed that an intruder had got onto the site.

School bosses made the decision to place the school in lockdown, but no intruder was found and it was discovered that a pupil had been mistaken for a member of the public.

Matrix Academy Trust, which runs Bloxwich Academy, described the behaviour of some of the parents as "disgusting" and said despite families being sent text messages to confirm that the lockdown was lifted, many of them insisted on gathering outside.

In a letter to parents, trust chief executive Lynsey Draycott, said some parents then began "barging" their way past staff, with some "encouraging children to climb the security fencing", ignoring instructions being given by teachers.

The trust claimed that a small number of parents were even seen "dragging" their children over the fences and pulling their children through ground-floor windows.

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