A FATHER who terrified staff at his children’s school has been banned from setting foot on the premises.
And the action taken against 35-year-old Wayne Edmund is thought to be the first of its kind.
Edmund, who had four children at Holmfirth Junior, Infant and Nursery School, hurled abuse at staff and parents at the school – many times in the playground in front of young children.
He threatened one teacher in front of her class, vowed he would kill another, used foul language in the school car park and threatened other parents.
But yesterday Kirklees Council was granted the right to ban Edmund from going anywhere near the school.
Huddersfield magistrates granted an interim anti-social behaviour order (Asbo), immediately banning the man of Leeds Road, Huddersfield, from entering the school or its grounds and behaving in a threatening way anywhere in Kirklees.
The ban is temporary, but a hearing will take pace to determine whether a full Asbo should be granted.
Geoff Bell, prosecuting for Kirklees Council, told magistrates that from April to September this year Edmund was involved in a number of incidents that left members of the school upset and fearing for their safety.
As a result of Edmund’s behaviour, Mr Bell said the council had decided to take the unusual step to apply for an Asbo to be slapped on the father.
He said: "It’s a bit of a test case because it’s the first of it’s kind in which the council are asking the court to make an order banning Mr Edwards from attending the school of which his children attend following his behaviour."
"There is a list of seven incidents on which the council would rely on to show there has been anti-social behaviour.
"In these incidents Mr Edmund comes onto the school grounds and is abusive and threatening to parents and staff in front of the children in the school."
Mr Bell told magistrates that Edmund shouted at a member of staff in front of her class. When she tried to close the classroom door, he put his foot in the door to stop her, making her feel threatened and intimidated.
On another occasion a staff member felt so threatened by him that she had to shut herself in a room and call her colleagues for help.
Edmund also shouted abusive language in the school car park and threatened staff when asked to leave, which left them feeling anxious and jittery.
He threatened parents in front of their children when he was asked to move his car from the school drop-off point because he was blocking other cars.
Mr Bell said: "The defendant became so aggressive that he was making threats to kill and he said to the headteacher that he was so angry with him he would do something that would lead to him being put in prison."
Mr Bell said that the school had sent letters asking Edmund to stay away from the school and when that failed, the council’s legal services sent a letter banning him from the school.
Despite being warned that the council would apply for an Asbo and a final warning at Huddersfield Police Station, Edmund continued with his abusive behaviour.
The council applied for a interim Asbo which aims to protect the public immediately and yesterday magistrates agreed to continue it until a hearing to decide whether Edmund is given a full Asbo takes place.
Mr Bell said: "He has had strong warnings and has continued to come onto the school grounds and be abusive to parents and staff in front of the children – after the Asbo warning this is the next step that the council can take.
"It’s a message that the education services and the schools wish to get across that this behaviour won’t be tolerated and the council will do something about it."
Ian Whiteley, defending, said that the incidents happened after his client went to the school to resolve a problem involving his son. He said: "He went legitimately to air his grievances with the teacher. He was getting no answer and the alleged conduct took place."
Magistrates heard that Edmund and his family lived at Huddersfield Road in Holmfirth, but have moved since the incidents at the school.
The children have not been back to the school, having applied to go to Bradley Junior and Infant School instead. They are now set to meet with the headteacher, whom magistrates heard is keen for the Asbo on Edmund to continue.
Magistrates agreed to the interim order pending a full application for an Asbo order and Edmund’s case was adjourned until November 6.
The order means that Edmund is prohibited from inciting or behaving in a manner likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress in the Kirklees area. He is also banned from entering the grounds of Holmfirth Junior School.
Magistrates also warned Edmund that if his children register at Bradley School then steps could be taken to change the order to ban him from there.