Lollipop lady told to stop high-fiving children over health and safety concerns

Parents left furious over health and safety ban stopping Sheila the lollipop lady from high-fiving the kids

A lollipop lady in South Wales has been banned from high-fiving the children over health and safety fears.

Sheila Allen, aged 58, who’s an award winning lollipop lady, has been told that she can no longer high-five the children and must only greet them with a thumbs-up whilst she helps guide them across the road.

Parents are furious over health and safety ban stopping Sheila the lollipop lady from high-fiving the kids

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Sheila, who’s a very popular lollipop lady at the school and has been serving them for over ten years, was told that she must keep her eyes on the road and no let herself be distracted by having to high-five the kids.

The ban comes after complaints were made by a number of grouchy motorists about Sheila high-fiving the children, which they say led to traffic jams. The action to ban the gesture was carried out by bosses from Vale of Glamorgan Council.

The ban has left parents outraged and a campaign has now started to see Sheila’s high-five gesture reinstated.

A number of mums at the school said that the decision was ridiculous and the children couldn’t understand why they can’t greet their lollipop lady with a high-five anymore.

The council have ordered Sheila from discussing the ban, saying that it was important so as to avoid any distractions.

Sheila is now having to refuse the kids high-five gestures so she doesn’t break the new rule. She now keeps one hand behind her back whilst the other hand holds on to her lollipop stick.

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