WORRIED parents turned out in force to a meeting at a Solihull school where a teacher has been suspended following allegations of child pornography offences.
Over 80 concerned mums and dads met Solihull Council Chief Executive Mark Rogers and Supt. Steve Jupp from Solihull Police at St Patricks Cof E School, Earlswood on Wednesday afternoon to demand answers after teacher, Christopher Davis was arrested and bailed on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children.
The 43-year-old’s brother Timothy Davis, 37, a teacher at Monkspath Junior & Infant School, was also arrested and bailed on the same allegations.
The brothers live in Monkspath and were arrested last Wednesday. Solihull Council has suspended them pending the outcome of the investigation.
Mum Vivienne O’Connor has a child at St Patricks. Speaking after the meeting, she said: “They offered reassurance but there’s only so much they (the council and police) can say at the moment. We all knew Mr Davis.”
Most parents were staying tight-lipped after the meeting but mum- of - one Kerry Lloyd, whose son left the small church school in Shutt Lane last year, said she wasn’t reassured by what she heard from the council and police chiefs.
“They just told parents to bear with them. When I told my son about the allegations he just broke down crying.
“He couldn’t believe it.
“The teacher used to take them swimming and he was the school photographer so I am worried.”
The council’s Chief Executive, Mark Rogers said : “My big message is these are exceptional circumstances and investigations are currently underway.
“This is a good school and it will continue to be a good school and will take this in its stride.
We were dealing with anxious parents and clearly some were angry but we will be keeping parents informed through the school’s communication channels, the website and enquiry lines.”
* Worried parents and carers can call the councils hotline on 0121 704 8300.