School turns heating off to ‘save planet’

Posted: December 7, 2011 in US News

JOHN COLES
The Sun
December 7, 2011

Pupils shivered in coats, hats and scarves as temperatures fell to just 1°C (34°F).

Head Rob Benzie switched off the radiators to show how the secondary school could cut its carbon footprint.

But some staff and parents slammed the “barbaric” plan.

One teacher called it “beyond stupid” and added: “It was absolutely ridiculous.

“I’ve never worked in such cold. I’m all for saving the planet but this was barbaric.

“Nobody could work properly and kids could not even grip a pen through their gloves.” The mum of a 12-year-old at Ansford Academy in Castle Cary, Somerset, said: “She was shaking when she came home. I was absolutely furious.”

A dad added: “Turning the heating off in December is just mental.

“I can’t believe the kids learnt anything. I’m very angry with the school.”

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