PUPILS from Heart of England School in Balsall Common have come under fire from an elderly resident after he claims a glorious daffodil display in the village was destroyed by them last week.
David Dunckley, a 71 year old retired journalist, who has lived in the village for the past 38 years, says he is incensed at the damage caused to a grass verge in Kenilworth Road where 60 of the flowers were pulled up and trampled into the pavement and gutter last Thursday by youngsters.
Mr Dunckley, stated he was going for a morning stroll when he spotted the damage on March 19 between the Co-op store and the White Horse pub, which is close to the school premises in Gipsy Lane.
He says schoolchildren caused the act of vandalism and that it is unacceptable. “This wanton damage has been going on for several days, particularly since the flowers bloomed and can best be seen after the children have gone to school in the morning and again after they have wended their way home into the late afternoon,” he said.
“Last Thursday afternoon, I saw one girl walking home with a bunch of daffodils she had picked. I believe it is illegal to pick wild flowers and they should be left alone.”“There has been some damage in the past but it has never been so bad as this. The daffodils come up beautifully every year but incidents like this need to be stamped on as it could lead to other things such as smashing windows or other acts of vandalism in the future. ”
Mr Dunckley says he has contacted Heart of England School and was told pupils have been warned they will undergo detention if they are are caught taking part in such acts.
He has also been in touch with the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor David Bell, (Con, Meriden).
Cllr David Bell, the Mayor of Solihull, said: “ It seems a shame that a couple of students have tarnished the good reputation of the school in this way but I understand that the school is going to take action and seek out the culprits.”
Andrew Mackereth, headteacher at Heart of England School, said: “It is unacceptable and mindless vandalism and we are taking it very seriously. An e-mail was sent to all students and teachers on March 19 warning them they will receive an after school detention if they are found to be taking part in pulling up the flowers. We also have senior students who are on daffodil watch after school and they will be reporting any students who are seen to be causing damage.”