West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Statement: Batley Grammar School
26th March 2021
West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson OBE said:
“I recognise the level of community feeling that exists around this matter as well as other issues like the violence against women, and the desire to be heard in public places.
“We must not forget, however, that COVID-19 remains an ever present threat and by gathering in groups, we risk the health of all those around us, including our families, friends, colleagues and many others.
“The overriding concern should always be the welfare of children at the school and that should remain our collective priority.
“I am in close contact with the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, ensuring that this situation is appropriately monitored and managed in the current difficult environment.
“Quite rightly, the police are tasked with making operationally independent decisions on the basis of all the circumstances they are faced with on the day and are often in an invidious position in getting the balance right.
“There are many ways in which we can make our voices heard beyond a physical presence and I would encourage everyone to adhere to the restrictions that are in place and designed to keep us all safe.
“The overriding message, is that we should all work together to resolve any issues in a dignified and calm manner.”