St Thomas A Becket Academy says Poppies ‘werenot banned’

Linda Wright joins pupils from St Thomas a Becket school with their poppies and remembrance board. (W545A245)
Linda Wright joins pupils from St Thomas a Becket school with their poppies and remembrance board. (W545A245)

VICIOUS rumours about poppies being banned at a Wakefield school have been dismissed by its headteacher.

The Express was inundated with calls and e-mails after a post on Facebook which said pupils at of St Thomas A Becket Academy had been banned from wearing poppies on the eve of this weekend’s Remembrance Services.

And the subject ended up sparking a race row on the social network.

But John Rooney, of St Thomas A Becket Academy, said he had no idea how, or why, the rumour started.

He said: “As part of the message of peace and respect for the victims of war, including soldiers who have lost their lives in the service of the country, the school will continue to remember them as it always has done through special assemblies, a two minute silence and the wearing of poppies.”

Mr Rooney said the poppies were delivered to the school on Monday by the British Legion, and went on sale the same day.

He said the school was also in the process of making its very own field of remembrance, and that he often took groups of children to battlefields on school trips, visiting memorials like the Menin Gate in Belgium.

He added: “Everyone knows that Facebook is a largely unregulated way of rumour gaining momentum without any basis on fact.”