Pushy parents warned against using video footage as ‘evidence’ at school sports days

Pushy parents warned against using video footage as ‘evidence’ at school sports days
Parents have been warned against filming school sports days (Photo: Shutterstock)

Ultra-competitive parents have been warned against using smartphones to record “video evidence” at sports day events by a headteacher.

The Telegraph reports that Cardiff principal Sian Evans of Mynydd Bychan school encouraged parents to avoid taking extreme measures to ensure their child’s achievements are recognised.

At previous events parents had allegedly recorded footage and then used the recordings to dispute final results.

Parents who wish to take photo of their child at the Cardiff school’s annual event are required to sign a permission form and are prohibited from posting images online.

‘Competitive nature at risk’

In a letter written to parents of pupils, Evans revealed that the “competitive nature” of the sports day was at risk of being removed altogether.

“The members of staff at the finish line, and nobody else, have the absolute final say and as to the first, second and third place positions.

Sian Evans is threatening to remove the competitive element from sports day
Sian Evans is threatening to remove the competitive element from sports day (Photo: Shutterstock)

“If this happens again, there is a strong possibility that we will have to consider changing the competitive nature of our sports morning.”

In recent years parents had allegedly taken to social media to dispute results.

“Unfortunately, during the last few years parents have approached members of staff with evidence that they had filmed on electronic devices such as iPads in order to prove that their child should have been awarded a higher position in a particular race and comments also appeared on Facebook.

Demand for video technology

As excitement mounts for the first World Cup to implement Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology, parents of pupils are too calling for video confirmation when deciding tight decisions, despite the warning from Evans.

The head teacher, however, has refused to budge.

Her firmly worded letter contains the warning: “teacher’s word is final.”