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Boy, 9, banned from drinking water in class on hottest day of year because of bottle

Mirror logo Mirror 25/06/2017 Anna Slater

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A nine-year-old boy was banned from drinking water by a teacher on one of the hottest days of the year - because it was the wrong bottle.

Little Jack Stenhouse was ordered to put his drink on a table outside the classroom because it was in a screw-top bottle rather than a flip-top one.

Jack's furious mum, Tracey Cousins, 42, said her son was left severely dehydrated as temperatures soared to 30c on Wednesday.

She said: "When Jack got home he was constantly drinking.

“He said he felt sick because it was so hot and because of not having enough to drink at school.”

The upset youngster guzzled a can of fizzy drink and at least two cups of water when he visited the hairdresser straight after school as he was so thirsty.

The incident happened at Edmund De Moundeford Primary School in Feltwell, Norfolk.

Raging Miss Cousins called the head teacher Julie Lillycrop to protest the next day.

But she said she was told that the rule was imposed in a bid to prevent water spilling on to children’s work.

The irate single mum branded the rule “ridiculous”.

She added: “If it’s a flip-top bottle, that can just as easily spill.

“I was fuming because the weather was really, really hot.

“It’s made me so angry.”

Credits: ARCHANT\\DuncanS1 © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: ARCHANT\\DuncanS1 Miss Cousins kept Jack off school on Thursday to recover but was warned this would be marked as an “unauthorised absence”.

She has now bought Jack a set of flip-top bottles so he can drink in class but said she was still incensed.

Defending her decision, Mrs Lillycrop said pupils “have good access to water in school, including in lessons."

“We encourage children to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

“We give access to water bottles stored on trolleys.

“That’s so they can be easily moved at lunchtime and to prevent spillages of water on children’s work,” she insisted.

“If children have drinks bottles with tops that prevent spillages, some staff allow these bottles on their desks.”

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