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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.
Parents of children at a Plymouth school have offered their support to a lollipop man who has quit after he was reprimanded for high-fiving school children.
Bob Slade resigned after Plymouth City Council threatened him with suspension over what they describe as "safety concerns."
Parents our reporter John Andrews spoke to outside Manadon Vale School say the whole situation is "ridiculous."
Plymouth City Council has issued the following statement after lollipop man Bob Slade stepped down in a row over "high-fives" with children.
We asked parents what they thought about Bob Slade's resignation. Read more on this story here.
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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."