'A primary school has been accused of creating 'rich and poor zones' in the playground after stopping children playing with sports equipment if they hadn't paid for it.
Wednesbury Oak Academy, in Tipton, West Midlands, launched a 'no pay, no play' policy last week after asking parents to fork out for a voluntary £6 donation per child to purchase equipment to use at lunchtime.
But when the scheme was put in place, children of parents who had not coughed up were separated from those who had, sparking a furious reaction from mothers and fathers, who have now launched a petition to stop the scheme.
Headteacher Maria Bull defended the move and even claimed she nearly called the police after receiving multiple threats from angry parents, reports the Mirror.
She said: 'Parents have behaved in a highly threatening manner on Facebook, telling me 'I need a good slapping'. This is not the way to behave.
'We have systems in place where parents can come and address their concerns. I am on the verge of calling the police.'
Ms Bull claims the school, which according to Ofsted has a higher proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals than average, did not have any parents who could not afford the £6 and even claimed they had eight months to pay.'
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