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13th Nov 2023

Mum turns up and sits next to son in class to stop him being rude to teachers

Charlie Herbert

Mum turns up and sits next to son in class to stop him being rude to teachers

She believes ‘more parents need to act upon their children’s behaviour’

A mother was praised after she decided to turn up at her son’s school and sit next to him in class to make sure he behaved.

Becky Crandley walked into Sittingbourne Community College in Kent as part of a ‘surprise’ experiment on Friday, after hearing that her son, Harley, 12, had shown signs of a bad attitude.

Becky had warned him that if he carried on misbehaving she would go into school with him, but things showed no sign of changing.

When she got emails from the pupil’s teacher about two more incidents of bad behaviour, the mum decided enough was enough and followed through on her threat.

She told Kent Live: “It all started last year with his behaviour change, it’s part of growing up I think, but it’s his rudeness and disrespect I cannot stand.

“I have had phone call after phone call about his behaviour.

“He’s had an untold amount of detentions and isolations but nothing seemed to bother him.

“I constantly threatened that I’d sit with him in school if needed, and he always laughed it off.”

So, she told the school about her plans and they have her the green light to go ahead and join Harley in a lesson.

Becky, who has four other children, rocked up at the school at 2pm on a Friday and sat next to her son in his maths lesson.

Unsurprisingly, she said Harley was left “very embarrassed.”

“Since they’ve been back this year I’ve had several phone calls already,” she explained. “So when his maths teacher emailed last week and said about an incident, I said to her I would join him.

“He didn’t have a clue, and he was very embarrassed for sure, I was introduced as his mum.”

Becky justified her actions by saying “today’s children are getting worse by the second”, adding that she believes “more parents need to act upon their children’s behaviour.”

She continued: “It’s scary to think what we will leave behind one day.

“Most people know I’m a big softy when it comes to my kids but I’m also straight up and try my hardest to teach them the right way in life.

“One thing I will not tolerate is disrespect from my sons towards any woman and my eldest has been rude recently in secondary school towards his female teachers.

“His mummy bear has had enough for sure, my foot is down and I will not lose.

“If only I got a picture of his face when I walked in and sat down next to him, he went so red there’s nothing I can compare it to.”

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