‘Can’t believe I’ve just got mortal in school’: Pupil’s Facebook post after being pictured ‘getting drunk with teachers at leaving concert’
- Teenagers brag about drinking with teachers at Tyne and Wear school
- One girl is pictured with beer bottle at year 11 leaving concert
- Furious father claims his 16-year-old faces peer pressure to drink
By Sam Webb
This picture showing a group of teenagers posing with their teachers appears innocent enough at first glance.
But take a closer look and you can see that the 15 and 16-year-old GCSE pupils are at a table that appears to be strewn with alcohol.
The image was posted on Facebook after it was taken at Biddick Academy in Washington, Tyne and Wear.
Another picture shows one of the girls in year 11 with a bottle of Kronenbourg in her hand.
Underneath a comment says: ‘Can’t believe I’ve just got mortal in school with my teachers ha ha.’
One dad, with a 16-year-old daughter at the 1,100-pupil school, said: ‘These are GCSE students so they are aged 15 or 16. I do not think it is appropriate for them to be drinking at school.
‘There is a great deal of peer group pressure to get my daughter to drink alcohol at these events, and that cannot be right.’
The 54-year-old father also claims there has been problems with teenagers being drunk on school premises in the past.
A 14-year-old girl was so drunk on vodka she had to be helped off the stage at a concert six weeks ago, the man told the Daily Mirror.
‘Can’t believe I’ve just got mortal in school with my teachers ha ha.’
– A pupil, pictured holding a drink
He added that the earlier concert was also attended by even younger children and he had reported the incident to school authorities.
However, one mother whose daughter attended the show said the adults were offered a a beer or a glass of wine – but only one.
She added: ‘I was with my husband, and we did not see anybody who was drunk.’
Sunderland city council is investigating the claims.
The authority’s head of commissioning and change management, Beverley Scanlon, said: ‘We are aware of the concerns raised, and have worked with the school and the families of the young people at the centre of these anonymous allegations to find out exactly what happened.
‘Any allegations of this type in any school is always taken very seriously, and appropriate action taken wherever necessary once the exact circumstances of any reported incident is established.’
The school’s website states: ‘Ofsted judged us to be a good school with some outstanding qualities and parents were “overwhelmingly positive about the education and care that their children receive”.’
The school could not be reached for comment.