Students are petitioning to reverse a ban stopping their lollipop lady from handing out treats.
Warranwood Primary School’s crossing supervisor, Kaye Kittelty, has been handing out icy poles and hot pies to children for four years. But after a complaint from a parent she has been told by Maroondah Council she must stop the treats.
Ms Kittelty said she was “peeved off” by the red tape and was desperate to make sure the children did not miss out.
“I got a phone call from my supervisor who said I couldn’t do it anymore because someone had complained,” Ms Kittelty told Herald Sun
“It’s the principle of the thing and it makes you wonder what the world is coming to.”
Maroondah Mayor Natalie Thomas said VicRoads regulations did not allow supervisors to be distracted by any outside activities, including sharing gifts when on duty.
“A crossing supervisor … was recently reminded that when on duty they cannot be distracted by any other activities and the safety of the children is their key priority,” Cr Thomas said.
A group of Year 6 students has started a petition calling on the council to reverse the ban, with much of her loyal fan base agreeing to sign.
Cr Thomas said she was not aware of a petition or complaint over the ban, but said the council would not allow a breach of statewide regulations.
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