School run war breaks out as ‘abusive parents threaten neighbours’

A police officer stands guard outside Hill View Junior Academy in Sunderland (Picture: NCJ Media)

Abusive parents on the school run are clashing with neighbours outside their children’s school with tensions said to be ‘threatening to boil over’.

Staff at Hill View Junior Academy in Sunderland have pleaded with people to be considerate as parking problems continue to mount.

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Neighbours of the school claim parents are blocking their driveways and have even sparked confrontations with locals.

Kathleen Sidaway, 72, who lives opposite the school, said: ‘They do often park in front of our driveway.

‘There was one man who was quite abusive when I asked him to move.

The road outside the school has been left bursting with traffic (Picture: NCJ Media)

‘There was a lady quite a while ago who was parked in front of the driveway, I saw her when I was getting ready and thought she would be gone when by the time I went out.

‘But by 9.15am she was just coming back and I said to her that she had made me late.

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‘It does make it difficult when I have to reverse out, and it is every day.’

Brian Edwards, 67, added: ‘If it is just for five minutes in the morning or afternoon it is understandable, but sometimes parents arrive at 2.30pm when the kids don’t get out until 3.15pm.

‘There have been a few instances where people are parked right across our driveway and sometimes on the street you can’t get a parking space.’

The school has pleaded with parents to be considerate towards neighbours (Picture: NCJ Media)

Northumbria Police has received reports of cars blocking the road and obstructing traffic, sparking confrontations between parents and locals.

PC Adam Carlton said: ‘We would like to remind drivers that it is a criminal offence to park irresponsibly and wilfully obstruct property or roads.

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‘Officers will continue to patrol the area and take appropriate action against any offenders, and we would urge drivers in the area to be respectful of people’s personal property and to park in designated, safe areas which do not block driveways or narrow streets.’

The school’s head teacher, Tricia Bevan, said children are being put at risk because of their parents’ inconsiderate parking.

She added: ‘We also need to be mindful of our local residents who have, at times, taken verbal abuse from parents.

‘Our message is simple. We would ask all parents to show consideration for those living around our school and to ensure they park safely – we can not allow our children to be put at risk.’

Anyone who witnesses irresponsible parking or any subsequent disorder in the area is asked to contact police on 101.


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