Di Fellowes instructed staff to remove the tables from one of the school’s two dining rooms after it had been left in a mess the previous lunchtime.
“The mess was so disgusting, students had tipped food on the floor,” she said.
As a result pupils at the Daylesford Road school, in Solihull, were then forced to eat their prepaid school dinners standing up or from the floor.
Shocked parent Colin Evans called the move ‘demeaning’ to his 14-year-old daughter.
“They are being treated like they’re five year olds. I agree they need rules and regulation on uniform and things but this is a step too far.
“It’s also a serious health and safety issue, who knows what’s on the floor?”
Ms Fellowes said the tables were only removed for 40 minutes, the majority of the lunch hour: “I would never take a table up unless it had got to the situation where students are slipping on food on the floor,” she said.
She added she “hopes students have learnt” from the action so the school wouldn’t be forced to do it again.
A Solihull Council spokesperson said: “Some tables were removed for a part of one lunch break as a shock tactic to show them that leaving litter in the canteen would not be tolerated – it is unfair for the majority of students to have to put up with the actions of a selfish minority. The students reacted extremely well and admitted the litter had been unacceptable.”
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