Although most handmade cards in schools were innocent this year, there has been a growing number of cards that have 'crossed the line.'

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Westcliff Mount Primary School has announced that all Valentine’s Day celebrations have been cancelled for this year and the immediate future after a 7-year-old pupil sent his teacher a card that was ‘inappropriate’. The child in question, who we are not allowed to name, has now been sent away on a seven-day awareness course about sexual conduct in the workplace, and an urgent investigation has been launched.

According to a source within the school, the inside of the card read: ‘All many friends are hanging out at Kids Kingdom this weekend, but I’d rather be hanging out the back of you.’ Shortly after receiving the card, his teacher Claire Pumpken called the police and he was immediately arrested and taken in for questioning. However, a local magistrate declared that the words formed a piece of creative writing that would normally be expected by a pupil of 10 or 11 years of age, and he was released without charge.

Southend News Network has received a number of complaints this year from teachers who have received ‘unacceptable’ cards from their pupils. A woman from Rochford, who didn’t want to be named, told us that an 8-year-old boy’s card to her read ‘You’ll be giving me 10/10 all weekend’, and we have also seen evidence showing that a card from a Year 2 pupil in Canewdon included the poem ‘Roses are red, violets are blue, you show me some sums, I’ll show you something too.’