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Complainant Name:
Mrs M Smith

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Epping Forest Guardian

Complaint:

Mrs M Smith, head teacher of Thomas Willingale School, complained that the article contained a number of inaccuracies with reference to the taking of photographs at the school play, and parents' reactions to the school’s policy on this. Specifically, she explained that – contrary to the article – the school's policy had been agreed by its governing body and had been in place for many years, both for protection of children and practical reasons. Moreover, the newspaper had been invited to take a photograph of a few children selected by the school, and not the dress rehearsal as the article had set out.

Resolution:
The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published a letter from the complainant making clear that the article had been misleading, and that the majority of parents understood and supported the reason for the school's policy, which was not an unusual one. The newspaper also published a clarification which set out that the newspaper had been invited to take a photograph of a few children at the dress rehearsal.

Report: 72



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