Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Pumps are booted out

The Daily Mail reports that girls in a Liverpool primary school have been banned from wearing ballet pumps to school because their headmistress thinks the shoes are dangerous.

Flat, slip-on pumps have been in fashion for some time - and are an appealing option for children as they are sold for as little as £3. But the head of one primary school in Liverpool, has told parents that pumps are no longer acceptable in the classroom, as inappropriate footwear can cause unnecessary injuries.

Carol Machell, of Broadgreen Primary, said she was forced to act after a ten-year- old girl slipped while running in the playground and broke her leg. "Some children are wearing shoes that not only are not part of school uniform, but also are highly dangerous when running around in a playground. We cannot take any responsibility for accidents that may happen when children are wearing unsuitable shoes. We want to encourage pupils to run on the playground and we want to make the message clear to parents that these types of shoes for children are dangerous. They are fine for going to a party but not school." Parents were told that children's shoes must be black and have laces, buckles or velcro.

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