Five 13-year-old boys who called a female police officer ‘PC Nipples’ and ‘PC Ball Sack’ had to attend a 90-minute long police conference, it’s been reported.
The woman, a school liaison officer, had been talking to the boys at Purbeck School in Dorset about a playground incident when she was called the names behind her back last month.
She was told of the remarks and decided to take action.
Yvonne Surman, the team manager of Dorset police safe schools and communities told The Telegraph:
“The female officer is based at the school one day a week.”
“In the course of her duties she was the subject of verbal abuse of a sexual nature from a group of students.
“In line with the values of the team, the officer expressed to teachers that she would prefer the incident to be dealt with through a restorative justice conference in which she would come face to face with the students with the aim of helping them to realise the effect of their behaviour.”
Reg Foy, whose son was one of those involved, said: “The meeting consisted of three uniformed officers, one being a sergeant to ‘chair’ it, one plain clothes community safety manager, one teacher, four sets of parents and the five boys concerned.
“The meeting lasted for one-hour-and-forty minutes and concluded with the boys apologising to the female constable for name calling.
“At the end of the day it was a bit of name calling, the boys were wrong and they apologised.”
But Mr Foy questioned the resources dedicated to the incident.
“Including time spent on paper work and travelling to the school this must have involved hours of police time, he said.
“It just seemed to be a waste of their time and resources and was like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.
The restorative justice conference are usually set up by police to allow victims of serious crimes face their perpetrators, and tell them how their actions have affected their lives.