A school has threatened to sue parents after they used Facebook to accuse teachers of failing to stop bullying.
Solicitors acting on behalf of Brockhill Park Performing Arts College in Saltwood, Kent, wrote to parents saying the school would have no option other than recourse to legal action if posts which were potentially defamatory continued to be published.
The posts in question accused the school of a lack of action in dealing with cases of alleged bullying. The letter from the school’s lawyers claims the posts contain misleading and inaccurate information while being critical of the school and specific staff members.
Parents writing on Facebook claim the action to silence them is heavy-handed. Some parents had claimed their worries over bullying have been dismissed and not been dealt with satisfactorily, leading them to post about the issues on social media.
The letter has sparked even more anger among parents online, who claimed they had not been contacted by the school before the threats of legal action were made. It is not known how many letters have been sent out but at least three parents say they have received them.
The letter sent by Brockhill’s solicitors Baileyfields and shared by parents online says the firm had been instructed by the school in relation to public Facebook posts.
It reads: The messages you have posted relate to alleged bullying at the school and are critical of the school and specific staff members.