A lollipop man has quit his post after claiming council bosses told him to stop "high-fiving" schoolchildren. Plymouth Council said for safety reasons Bob Slade needed to be holding his arm out straight to direct cars to stop while children crossed.
The lollipop man who resigned after being told to stop giving "high-fives" to pupils as they crossed the road has told ITV News West Country that it doesn't matter what Plymouth City council do now, he won't be coming back to help children across the junction.
When ITV NewsWest Country spoke to Bob Slade he seemed visibly upset, but refused to go on camera.
Plymouth City Council has issued the following statement after lollipop man Bob Slade stepped down in a row over "high-fives" with children.
We take the safety of children very seriously and school crossing patrols exist to make sure children can cross roads as safely as possible. To do this they must hold out the lollipop with one arm and hold their other arm outstretched to signal that all traffic must stop, this is well established signalling that should be understood by all drivers. While patrols can be friendly, their full attention must be on the road and they must watch the traffic closely at all times.
The high-fives was one of a number of safety issues raised with the school crossing patrol before he made the decision to resign. We will be recruiting to fill the position at Manadon Vale primary school as quickly as possible.
This story has provoked a strong reaction from viewers via our Facebook page. Here is a snapshot of your views:
We are so lucky to have people to do lollipop duties, considering how disliked they are by motorists and the odd hours they have to be available. They are like gold for our children's lives. Disgusting. Sack whoever is responsible for this.
– Valerie Wakefield
I hope he wasn't doing a "high five" while crossing the children across the road, as that would be putting the children's lives at risk, and therefore needs to be dealt with. But if it was after or before while on the path, then it would be a little better.
– Anne Semmens
How on earth does suspending someone providing a safe crossing area work? Who thought that it would help safety to make the crossing unsafe for four weeks? I don't blame this man for resigning, I just think it is a shame he has had to.
A lollipop man quit his post after apparently being censured by council bosses for high-fiving school children.
Bob Slade, a crossing patrol supervisor in Plymouth, Devon, said he has resigned after being investigated by the city council over safety concerns.
The 65-year-old said he was threatened with suspension for the friendly gesture as children crossed the road.
A Plymouth City Council spokesman told the PlymouthHerald newspaper that it took the safety of children "very seriously".
The council added: "To do this they must hold out the lollipop with one arm and hold their other arm outstretched to signal that all traffic must stop, this is well established signalling that should be understood by all drivers."