Lollipop Man resigns after sweets and high-five ban

By BENJAMIN ZAND

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69 year old John Hunter has been banned from giving out his trade-mark sweets and high-fives. Picture courtesy of Edinburgh News/Scotsman

LOLLIPOP MAN John Hunter has quit after being told he cannot give out sweets or high-fives to children due to ‘health and safety reasons‘.

John Hunter, a 69 year old Lollipop man at Corstorphine Primary School, has held the position for 10 years and has become a highlight of the children’s day due to his trade-mark friendly antics. John decided to quit after being told by his boss that his actions were dangerous. Although there was no comment as to why this was, it is believed to have stemmed from an incident were he unknowingly  gave a child with a nut allergy, some chocolate that contained nuts. This also resulted in the child’s parents complaining about the high-fives.

It is said children love to line-up for his high fives, and John enjoys handing out chocolates and sweets on his birthday and Christmas.

John Hunter, who has worked for Edinburgh City Council for 40 years, was also a student at Corstorphine Primary, and therefore has a strong connection with the school. He decided to take the position up after retiring from his former job as a roads maintenance inspector.

It is believed many parents have acted strongly to the situation, large numbers writing in to complain to the school, and many have expressed disbelief to the situation the friendly, well-trusted and very popular Lollipop man has been put in, and it is thought the children will miss him greatly.

Labour’s education spokesman, councillor Ricky Henderson, said: “I think they (the council) have taken it a bit too far. It seems like an overreaction which has put this poor guy in a position where he felt he had no option but to resign, and that it is very sad given that he obviously had a good relationship with parents and children at the school. He is entitled to a full explanation.”

A spokeswoman from Edinburgh City Council has stated: “We are really sad that John is leaving his post. Over the years, he has provided excellent service and a friendly smile to parents and pupils at Corstorphine Primary.”

Sourced from BBC Scotland and Edinburgh News