WORRIED mums are becoming concerned about walking through Malvern Park because of the bad behaviour of local teenagers.
Parents regularly cut through the park when picking up their children from school, but recently they’ve felt intimidated by the large groups of youths who also use the park as a shortcut.
Fighting, swearing and anti social behaviour are among the issues to have been raised since term began last month.
It was only a few weeks ago that the Sixth Form College, Solihull, changed its finishing time, so that many students are now making their way home at the same time as parents who are doing the school-run.
According to one mum, who did not want to be named, parents find it difficult to make their way through the crowds and it’s often quite intimidating.
She said that local people, who have youngsters at St Alphege Infants and Juniors, feel that their own children have not been taken into consideration.
They are now lobbying the sixth form and putting together a petition, calling on the principal to reverse his decision.
A statement by the college’s vice principals, Adele Wills and Elizabeth Linker, said: “The college took the decision to change the finish time to the college day after very careful consideration.
“While some students may be finishing at 3.30pm, many others will be attending workshops until 4.15pm and will not leave college until well after St Alphege pupils have departed.”
They added that the college took reports of inappropriate behaviour very seriously, but said that there had also been positive comments about the conduct of students.