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This Week I Upset A Primary School
The Ranty Highwayman
October 22, 2016
EARLIER THIS WEEK I WAS BLOCKED BY A PRIMARY SCHOOL ON TWITTER FOR RETWEETING THEIR PHOTO OF KIDS DRESSED FROM HEAD TO TOE IN HI-VIZ FANCY DRESS WITH THE CAPTION: *HOLDS HEAD IN HANDS AND WEEPS*.
I’m not going to identify the school because they did get a bit of pop from the Twitteratti, but there is a serious point behind my tweet and that is the insidious creep of victim blaming that the hi-viz pushers stock-in-trade.
The kids were evidently winners in the school’s “be seen be bright” competition which seems to be the main theme of a plank of the Government’s “road safety” campaign for children. The website for the campaign is pretty disgusting as it features a game which requires the player to hi-viz-up cartoon kids to stop them being splattered crossing a busy road to a funfair;
“Dress brightly in cool gear if it’s hospital you fear!”
My message to schools is that it is right for you, as community leaders, to take an interest in the safety of our children. But, please don’t buy into this hi-viz crap, put your influence to work in demanding changes to our streets and systems to protect our children as this is a long term investment and not an annual garish fix.