A "furious" Kensal Rise mum claims her seven-year-old daughter was forced to "sit on the floor" and miss her morning break when bad traffic made her late for school.
Lauren Rowe's eldest daughter Sienna is a pupil a St Luke's Primary School in Westminster , where a new protocol apparently makes late pupils miss their morning break - including their snack and drink.
Speaking to getwestlondon, 27-year-old Miss Rowe described how Sienna "burst into tears" after she was allegedly punished for being late on Monday (November 27).
She added: "It was one of those mornings.
"I have a two-year-old as well as Sienna, who I was struggling to get ready and then the house key snapped as we were leaving.
"When we got on the bus it was totally stuck in traffic so I rang the school to warn them Sienna would be late.
"Sienna's such a good girl it was horrible for her, she was panicking because she knew she'd get in trouble."
Sienna was signed in as late when she arrived at 9.15am and was consequently "made to sit on the school floor" and miss her break.
"When I came to collect Sienna from school that afternoon she burst into tears as soon as she saw me, she was distraught," Miss Rowe continued.
"She said she'd been made to miss her morning play break and hadn't been allowed her drink or snack.
"The late children are segregated into pairs and made to sit in front of the benches in the hall while the rest play outside.
"It's like shaming them.
"Sienna said when she tried to stand up a teacher immediately told her to sit back down on the floor."
Upset with the way Sienna had been treated, Lauren posted about what happened on a NW10 Kensal Rise Facebook group.
She wrote: "So at my daughter's school, they have implemented a rule where the children miss their break and are forced to sit on the floor in the hall for their break if they are late in the morning.
"The traffic today made us late, (bus) which resulted in my seven-year-old hysterical in panic because she was worried about what would happen as per the new protocol my child was collected in front of her friends and told that she wasn't having her break.
"She was then made to sit on the floor in the hall and when she stood up she was immediately told to sit down.
"I would like some opinions because I am absolutely furious about my child being shamed for being late in the morning when it was not her fault!?"
Lauren's post has received 84 comments with many Facebook users outraged on her behalf.
Bertha Joseph wrote: "I'm a stickler for discipline but to humiliate a child is going too far. I'm quite upset about that actually. This could have a lasting effect on that child."
Lisa Pagnello wrote: "Absolutely disgusting I would be making a complaint about that how can you treat children like that."
Nadiine Meredith wrote: "Totally unacceptable to install fear in a young child and to humiliate her like that it is awful. I would definitely take this further .I hope she's OK poor little thing!"
St Luke's Primary School refused to comment on the incident.
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