Could someone hurry up with that multiperson gallows please?

A blind girl has been banned from bringing her white walking stick to school because of “health and safety” reasons.
Lily-Grace Hooper, seven, suffered a stroke when she was just four days old, leaving her with virtually no sight.
But her school, Hambrook Primary School in Bristol, has told the youngster she can no longer use her cane because it could trip up teachers and other pupils.
A risk assessment completed on behalf of the school said the cane caused high risk to other people and that Lily-Grace should instead have “100 per cent” adult support at all times.

No, seriously, get building guys. And get the hempen in too.

The white stick is supposed to to be a risk to the surrounding people. It’s a warning, a visible sign to the sighted that this person isn’t. Why the fuck foes anyone think they’re white?

They’re also, from the other side an aid to independence and thus not being reliant upon the undivided attention of someone else forever.

Absolute cretins. We really shouldn’t have to kick people off the long drop just because they’re stupid but now we’ve allowed them to rule our society we might just have to.

27 thoughts on “Could someone hurry up with that multiperson gallows please?”

  1. Hmmm, a ‘risk assessment completed on behalf of the school’, eh?

    So who completed it? Because I find it hard to believe the school has a spare teacher sitting around doing nothing but I WOULD believe that a local education authority wonk in the council, supplying extra staff for ‘reasonable adjustments’, would like to produce a report that says ‘we need to hire more staff’.

  2. Harry Haddocks Ghost

    ‘Hambrook Primary School head teacher Jo Dent said: “The school’s mobility officer raised health and safety issues around the new cane following a recent risk assessment. ‘

    What the merry fsuck is someone calling themselves a ‘mobility officer’ doing recommending a measure that will steal a child’s mobility?

  3. The long cane is quite different from the traditional white stick. It’s easy to see that it won’t be an asset but will be a liability in room full of small kids running about, it is not what they are designed for.

  4. Rolo: teach them to look where they’re going plus consideration
    Why should they be running about instead of learning?
    Oops! Forgot that neither learning nor consideration are considered worthwhile goals by the current educational establishment. More gallows!

  5. Guessing they’ve not heard of Jack Metcalfe, the Yorkshire road-builder, who we all learned about at primary school in Kanresborough.

  6. H&S officers everywhere are utter jobsworth pricks, well at least all of the ones I’ve met. Had one at our UK HQ and the boys in my dept there have to wheel this case of tools around the world for calibrating things . He asked what the usual weight was and they told him 23 kg (that was the max weight allowed by the airlines) he went away to “investigate” and came back saying the most they were allowed to carry was 22 kg, of course the lads told him to fuck off because they’ve been lugging 23 kg around for years. It’s like that they are that utterly pointless they need to make up these petty rules just to feel important.

  7. Rolo:

    It’s easy to see is exactly the point. Life is full of hazards, we teach children how to avoid them, the fact it is long and painted white should make that particular lesson easy. I ran into a wall at school once, hurt like buggery, but no-one suggested they should remove all the walls. Accidents are usually the result of someone doing something stupid, in my case not looking where I was going. Never happened again.

  8. Gales of laughter when that was read out on the news list at work yesterday – a genuinely absurd story of our times. Powers that be in Bristol schools now employing more HS officers to help the first lot stop being nobs.

  9. H&S officers everywhere are utter jobsworth pricks, well at least all of the ones I’ve met.

    It’s well known in the oil industry that if you are too useless to do anything else, you get shoved into HSE.

  10. Ditto what DJ said about H&S in otherwise safe environments. My current site has people walking primary steel 40m up. The H&S guys up there with them are superb.

  11. What the merry fsuck is someone calling themselves a ‘mobility officer’ doing recommending a measure that will steal a child’s mobility?

    Because they are a cunt?

  12. Rob, I can imagine in a dangerous work environment the H&S are working with the workers to significantly reduce the risk of them being killed or maimed. In an office they just put up barriers to production to make it look like they are doing something. The thing is that in the labs in our UK HQ there are all sorts of dangerous chemicals and what-not that the H&S guy simply doesn’t understand so he just (quite rightly) lets the chemists look after themselves but it’s only because he knows he’ll look stupid if he tries anything on.

  13. Rob, I can imagine in a dangerous work environment the H&S are working with the workers to significantly reduce the risk of them being killed or maimed. In an office they just put up barriers to production to make it look like they are doing something.

    Indeed. This is why ex-scaffolders make good site HSE guys, they know some jobs are inherently dangerous and know when guys are working as safely as can be expected.

  14. I also suppose the real job of the HSE in a safe workplace is simply to limit lawsuits. In my example above he knows that the lads will ignore him and carry on with their 23kgs anyway but if they do put their back out it’s documented that they were told not to. Same with these stupid ergonomic questionnaires we constantly have to waste time with.

  15. Guy Herbert: I read–long ago–a biography of “Blind Jack of Knaresborough” from the library. He has been one of my heroes ever since. I can’t remember the title of the book or I would have got my own copy. There is a bio from 2008 but this book was long before that.

    As for the school etc morons. A beating. However, instead of the standard fists, boots, bats and pickaxe handles which are usually appropriate, there needs to be fabricated several white canes made of steel which will add a well-deserved irony to the working .

  16. should instead have “100 per cent” adult support at all times

    It is possible we do not know the full story here. Perhaps this is to get the girl more funding – a deliberate plan with the connivance of all concerned, but first you have to get the boxes ticked.

  17. If you read the article you will know the situation is more complicated. The school instigated a temporary ban pending a meeting with the girls mother about the cane situation. The mother then went to the media.

  18. I’m in agreement with johnny bonk – this is a box-ticking exercise to unlock more funding.

    How are today’s kids going to cope when they enter the real world? Presumably they’ll trip over white canes all the time?

  19. How are today’s kids going to cope when they enter the real world?

    According to some, the world should adapt itself so children won’t ever have to. Hence we have American undergraduates.

  20. You can make some activities a good deal safer just by cutting out stupid and lazy habits. Sometimes the only remedy is to sack some employees, a power normally denied to a Safety Officer. Whereas for this school, the answer is obviously to hang the Head.

  21. The ban on the white stick has to be illegal. Every business is required to make reasonable adaptations to facilitate access to its services by disabled people.

  22. On a quick google search I couldn’t find a folding or telescopic stick at more than £10 and some were less than £5.
    They are zero rated for VAT.

  23. We noticed on moving to Canada that there is much better integration in schools for kids with disabilities etc.
    If a class has a child that has additional requirements like a white cane and a bit more consideration when rushing out the door they will tell the class this at the beginning of the year and they are expected to adapt around it, even young classes with 6 year olds. Seems a much more realistic way of dealing with a situation and removing stigma than barring kids from school.

  24. BniC. Indeed. As used to be the case 30-40 years in the UK. We all managed to work around kids with whites sticks, or on crutches, calipers etc and managed to survive. And be enormously grateful that it wasn’t us that was afflicted. So, another question, given that a guide-dog is an order of magnitude more complex to deal with than a white cane, are these going to be banned in learning establishments everywhere?

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