Scotland - Copter parent told to buzz off

25th June 2010 at 01:00

A parent in Glasgow has been banned from flying a child to an end-of-term primary school dance in a helicopter.

The local authority rejected the request, made last week, on health and safety grounds.

The parent had planned to fly the 11-year-old to the ceilidh, a traditional Scottish dance event, at Mearns Primary School in the upmarket Glasgow suburb of Newton Mearns.

A spokesman for East Renfrewshire Council said: "A parent approached us looking to land a helicopter in the school grounds, but we refused that request because the school would have needed to spend time cordoning off areas to keep children safe.

"Their time is better spent teaching the children. If there was an educational benefit for the school, we would be happy to look seriously at this.

"East Renfrewshire Council prides itself on its health and safety record, and we have this event to celebrate the seven years that these children have spent with us in primary education and give them a big send-off." pa.

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