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.