Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Our Say: Monday

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Our Say: Monday

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Security has been stepped up at a Teesside school to ensure children stay safe at all times.

The murder of 11-year-old Rory Blackhall from West Lothian hit the headlines this summer.

Dropped off for school by his mum in the morning, the alarm was only raised seven hours later when family came to collect him at the end of the day and found him missing.

By then tragedy had struck - his body was discovered just half a mile away days later.

Durham Lane Primary School in Eaglescliffe has now set up a new system to keep track of absentee children - ensuring all are accounted for at the start of the day.

It took just moments for an ordinary day to turn into the worst kind imaginable for Rory's family.

Keeping kids safe during school hours has to be a priority.

Surely every school in the country should have strict controls in place to account for every pupil as soon as the day starts.

But what a sad reflection on modern society that missing a class member could signify some horrific crime has taken place. …

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