A British school has defended its “no pay, no play” stance which has prevented some students from using expensive school equipment.
Wednesbury Oak Academy introduced a voluntary $10 yearly fee for students to use newly-purchased equipment during lunchtime, sparking angry parents from the West Midlands school to launch a “petition of unfairness”, Yahoo reports.
“This has caused outright disgust from children, parents, grandparents, staff and such like,” the petition reads.
“The parents that have paid and parents that haven’t are totally against the separation of the children as this can cause upset, bullying and social exclusion amongst other things.”
The new sports equipment in question included a football, a rugby ball, a slinky, two skipping ropes and some tennis balls.
With over 1,200 signatures calling on the scheme to be discontinued, the parent’s council has also voiced concern.
Yet school Principal Maria Bull has defended the fee, saying all parents could afford to pay the $10, which works out to about 25 cents a week.
"Parents have behaved in a highly threatening manner on Facebook, telling me 'I need a good slapping,” she told the Mirror.
"This is not the way to behave… we have systems in place where parents can come and address their concerns.”