Head reacts to primary school ‘drugs’ concerns

Paul McVeigh
Paul McVeigh

A Calderdale school at the centre of an investigation following an incident where four children were taken to hospital after coming into contact with “tablets” has moved to reassure parents.

The alarm was raised on Friday afternoon at Holywell Green Primary School, near Elland.

One parent claimed a bag of drugs was brought into the school on Stainland Road by a child.

West Yorkshire Police has not said what was in the tablets and the children were taken to hospital as a precaution, but were discharged later that day.

Head teacher Paul McVeigh, said “Nothing is more important to us than the safety and welfare of our pupils. We take safeguarding very seriously and are working closely with West Yorkshire Police and Calderdale Council while investigations into this incident take place.”

Concerns have been raised that parents were not told about the incident on the day.

In a letter seen by the Courier, Mr McVeigh and chair of governors Francis Healey say: “As you may be aware an incident took place at school on Friday afternoon.

“All safegarding procedures were immediately undertaken to safeguard all the children which resulted in the involvement of the ambulance service, social service and the police.

“The children attended hospital and were released safe and well in the afternoon.

“This is a highly unusual and isolated event and as you will appreciate in a matter of sensitivity, we wanted to write and reassure you that all appropriate actions were taken by all the staff.

“On the advice of police, we were unable to inform parents late on Friday and as there is an ongoing police investigation we cannot provide further details at this time.

“The teachers will be speaking to the children today, reassuring them and emphasising the the importance of not touching or eating any substance that is unknown to them.”

Two women were arrested in connection with the incident and bailed pending further enquiries.