23rd May, 2017

'Terrified' Whitnash schoolkids kept behind after vulnerable man behaves aggressively

Leamington Editorial 3rd Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

TERRIFIED schoolchildren preparing to go home had to be kept behind after a vulnerable man started acting aggressively outside their school.

Parents and pupils at Whitnash Primary School were made to stay inside on a Wednesday afternoon (February 25) when a man began waving planks of wood on Langley Road.

It is understood the caretaker called the police after the man tried to run at some of the people in the car park

Fortunately the children were quickly taken inside and the deputy head and a few parents were able to close the gates before police arrived.

An eyewitness, who did not wish to be named, got in touch with the Observer shortly after the incident.

She said: “This is the last thing you expect and I couldn’t believe it when he started acting so aggressively towards the parents and children.

“The kids were obviously terrified but the staff were brilliant and dealt with the situation in the best way they could given the circumstances.”

A parent, who also did not want to be named, and whose child was at the school at the time, said it had been a worrying incident.

She told The Observer: “It was shocking but the children were kept inside out of harm’s way.

“I’ve never known any incidents like this while I have been living in the area and still can’t believe it happened.”

Police confirmed they had been called to Langley Road following reports of a vulnerable man acting aggressively.

A 34-year-old was arrested on suspicion of using fear or provocation of violence and has since been released on bail until March 14.