2nd September 2020   •   opinion
Video and Whatsapp messages falsely claim UK gov't will take school-children away if they get Coronavirus

Messages and videos are circulating on WhatsApp claiming the UK government will take school-children away into quarantine, without the consent of parents, if they get coronavirus at school.

The messages are urging parents not to send their children to school.

Parents are right to be concerned about their children contracting Covid-19 at school, especially if a school is unable to provide safe conditions. But the claim the government will forcibly take children away for quarantine are simply false.

Below are videos and messages I have seen circulating around on social media. It is not clear if they are connected or who they are from.

We haven't yet been able to locate the person in the video for their comment.

I asked Aisha Ali-Khan, who is a teacher herself, more about these messages. She said: "I’ve spoken to a few parents today and all have expressed fear and alarm over the prospects of their children being taken into quarantine without their consent and to locations unknown to them."

She added: "Even after giving them reassurances that this information is wrong and incorrect, one mother of young primary age children was adamant that it was true as the woman in the video was an educational professional who wouldn’t lie about this. The problem we have is that a lot of parents who don’t have the necessary language skills are being fed conspiracy theories with links to official government websites that make the claims look official."

She added: "They can’t differentiate between what is untrue and what is true, and due the often mixed messages and many u-turns by the Government, it’s hard for them to know who to believe. These parents within our communities are being taken advantage of and they don’t realise because they don’t have the language skills or conference to seek information elsewhere."

The Misleading WhatsApp Message

*Alarming* Don't ignore it and pass on to everyone, think what you can do about it

Headteacher: sorry we have had to take your child to a testing centre as they were showing symptoms of corona (that means they could have a cold, a temperature, a cough)

Parent: right so where is my child

HT: I'm sorry I cant disclose that information

P: is my child ok?

HT: I can assure you your child is in safe hands in the mean time you need to self isolate with your family for 14 days

P: No I'm coming to get my child now

HT: I'm sorry but if you arrive at the school we will have no choice but to call the police and have you removed from the premises

P: is this a joke? that is my child

HT: I'm sorry but under the new covid act we have the power to remove your child without your consent if we feel the have symptoms.

P: So when will I see my child next

HT: We will have a child service officer contact you.

Now imagine this was a call from your Childs Headteacher

I suggest every parent on my facebook gets off there arse and does some real research on the legislation of the covid act 2020 regarding the laws for children in school!!!!
They are stripping your rights as a parent.
AND NO this is not a conspiracy theory this on the GOV website. Your rights gone!!!
Wakeup, standup!!!!

#wakeup #SaveOurChildren #SaveTheChildren #SaveOurKids

I've seen the new legislation which were rushed through parliament while everyone was enjoying lockdown....


The legislation being linked to does not stop parents from being with their children.

Neither does it state that teachers have the right to take children showing COVID-19 symptoms into quarantine without the consent of parents.
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Sunny Hundal has been a journalist and commentator since 2004. He is editor-in-chief of Barfi Culture
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