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UK: Crossing Guard, 77, Accused of “Grooming” Children By Giving Them High-Fives


A 77-year-old school crossing guard was ordered to stop high-fiving kids, as this could be the gateway to sexually abusing them. In response, he has thrown in the towel.

Bryan Broom, a “lollipop man” (so-called not because he gave kids lollipops, but because crossing guards in Britain hold up circular stop signs on sticks), said he can’t stand the idea that merely being friendly to kids could be interpreted as skeevy. As the UK’s Mirror reports:

Bryan has revealed why he made the tough decision to quit doing the job he loved after almost two decades.

He said: “I used to high-five the kids until I was told it could be construed as grooming – that is what the council told me.

“It’s rather peculiar because two or three months ago there were pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge high-fiving at a school and I should have sent copies of those to the council.

His resignation was greeted with dismay by legions of kids and parents who appreciated his friendliness and didn’t equate kindness with perversion. Imagine that.

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  1. Jack

    That’s absolutely barking as they’d say over there.

    • United States of Oppression

      But, but if it saves one child from getting a high five. What a bunch of BS. You can’t glance at a child nowadays w/o getting lynched by a mob.

    • David Kennerly, Bull-Splatter Analyst

      The Brits are as barking-mad about sex as the Yanks. In some respects, even more so.

    • Dustin

      Agreed. [high five]

  2. Timothy DA Lawver

    A plain example of why early Americans left the Crown’s rule. Too much BS!

    Are we going to trade all our liberty for security? If so, we’d deserve neither!

  3. Counting the days

    If a child falls in front of a car, don’t try to save them, you might be grooming them to live longer!

  4. Bill Williams

    Another reason why England needs to get a clue, but I know they wont.

  5. Rob

    I guess later on the ‘handshake’ will be labeled at inappropriate touching. Paranoid people think everything is perverse these days

  6. alienated

    BS! Now we as adults are like “Stranger Child Danger” What is this world coming to? We have a senior who is giving community service but we are paranoid because he is nice to the kids and makes them feel special?
    Maybe children should be raised in a fully Vetted world where everyone is constantly monitored. Sound familiar? 1984

    I honestly feel bad for the kids now that they have lost what appears to be a straight up nice guy.

  7. mike r

    Hell why doesn’t the government just take everyone’s kids put them in a secure facility and only allow supervised visits? If it saves one child, right? Rational basis, should past muster right?

    • AJ

      Don’t forget that it would “only” be civil commitment, so they’d be fully free citizens…

  8. Oh no, not that!! 😨

    I sure hope he never smiled at any of them. Frightening & high-fives! 😝

  9. no name

    All I could think about reading this article were all the school scenes from Pink Floyd’s – The Wall movie.

  10. Joe123

    Just when you think the USA has some of the most screwed up laws in any civilized nation, UK still manages to somehow beat us. It’s like people’s brains are shrinking. Must be from all of the chemicals in our environment, casually administered from the corporations that the politicians are in bed with. Where will we be 20-30 years from now?

  11. Q

    Don’t blame him for quitting. Who would wan’t to work for and with a bunch of morons anyway? I know I wouldn’t

  12. Tim Moore

    I am encouraged by the comments at the end of this article. Appears there are still a good number of sensible blokes inhabiting that island. Like here, it appears the idiots are left to run the show and the smarter people are sitting back, commenting and being entertained by the show. Why is that?

  13. Josh james

    I don’t think the “lollipop-man” nickname is helping him.

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