PARENTS have rallied round a Wigan special school in response to a perceived smear campaign levelled against its staff.
A support group at Bryn’s Landgate School has sprung into action after what it claims to be a “prolonged campaign of persistent and vexatious claims”.
And group members have signed a petition to show their “support and solidarity” for the staff at the specialist educational site for children with autism.
Petition organiser Kerri Anderson told the Evening Post: “My son attends Landgate School and has done for years and I am proud of that, as are the rest of the parents in the group.
“Unfortunately this minority of people are taking over the majority and are tainting the reputation of the school and its staff.
“It is getting frustrating that anyone who has an internet connection or a Facebook page can make unsubstantiated claims against the school. We we are not going to sit back and let this happen.”
The parents group started a petition to show their support for the school at a recent sports day, to date it is approaching 100 signatures.
It states that the school has been “unfairly criticised by a minority of parents and carers, former parents and their associates, including on social media sites and through the local press.”
It adds: “We, the undersigned, are aware that there have been issues with some associates of the school attempting to discredit the school and its staff.”
While not making reference to any specific cases, Ms Anderson, 39, said that the school always follows the correct procedures regarding the care of pupils.
She said: “The school cooperates fully with any investigations by the local educational authority and the council and are always completely exonerated by all of them.
“We wholeheartedly support this school, its governors and staff. It goes out of its way to be proactive and sensitive to the circumstances of all its families.”