Cottingley Primary School: Children 'petrified' as Leeds school brings in guard dog over anti-social behaviour

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Parents at a Leeds primary school have raised major concerns after a security guard and dog were placed outside of the school.

Cottingley Primary Academy said it put the “security arrangements” in place “as a precaution following recent incidents in the community”.

But parents said they received no notice that the dog - a German Shephard which they claim was “lunging” at children - and security guard would be outside of the school from Wednesday afternoon.

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One parent contacted the YEP saying that children were left “petrified”.

Parents said that children have been left 'petrified' by the presence of a security guard and dog outside of the Leeds schoolParents said that children have been left 'petrified' by the presence of a security guard and dog outside of the Leeds school
Parents said that children have been left 'petrified' by the presence of a security guard and dog outside of the Leeds school

The mum, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “I think it’s stupid that a primary school has put this in place with no previous warning. There’s not been any signs or message to parents.”

She shared a message from the school, sent to parents on Thursday afternoon, that read: “As of yesterday we now have an additional layer of security in place with a security guard and dog. This is in place due to the recent increase and severity of anti-social behaviour on the estate.

“I would like to reassure you that both the guard and the dog are fully trained and checked and are safe to be on the school site. Thank you.”

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The parent said she “kicked off” with the school when she picked her children up on Wednesday and saw the dog; adding that the teacher she spoke to also said they “didn’t know” why the dog was there.

Asked if she knew of any incidents of anti-social behaviour at the school, the parent said that the “school minibus windows got smashed a few months ago”.

A spokesperson for Cottingley Primary Academy said: “We take the safety of our pupils and staff extremely seriously, and we have put in place security arrangements as a precaution following recent incidents in the community.”

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