Children return to ‘sex abuse claim’ school

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PAREnts whose children attend a Sheffield school rocked by an unproved sex abuse claim said they remained ‘upset’ after police found no evidence of wrongdoing.

The Star revealed on Saturday police investigations had discovered no evidence to back up an allegation of a serious sexual offence made by a child against a male school worker.

Yesterday morning a march and rally had been planned outside Greenlands Nursery Infants School in Darnall - but the protest did not take place.

A police officer attended the school as staff were arriving, and two police community support officers patrolled the school’s perimeter fence.

Parents taking their children to school included Sr Jahangir, 35. He said: “There is still a sense of upset about the whole situation but the children have to go back - this is their education. The police investigation has failed to find any evidence so that should be it. Everything should get back to normal.”

Shaheda Begum, 34, said: “I am devastated at what has happened - the allegation and police investigation caused a lot of concern. There is uncertainty - nobody knew whether to take the children back.”

Babna Begum, 36, said: “I am sad we are in this situation - it has been Eid but I didn’t feel like celebrating.

“Parents are upset at the way the case was handled - the lack of information we were provided in the early days.”

Safia Begum, 34, added: “I have brought my child back because education is important. I am still concerned, but children have to learn.”

The school reopened last week following a temporary closure. Headteacher Sue Daniels has decided to stay away for the foreseeable future, after parents signed a petition stating they had ‘lost confidence’ in her leadership.

The male member of staff at the centre of the allegation is also considering his future and has had meetings with union and education representatives. He is not expected to return to the school.