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Police attended Poltair School in St Austell, Cornwall, after the small group of protesters gathered as pupils attempted to leave for the day. The school said it was “appalled” to find the adults had attempted to enter the site and film the kids without their permission on Monday afternoon.

Parents have reacted with fury after a one-hour-long video recorded by the campaigners was uploaded to Instagram.

One parent, whose child is in Year 10, said the people were “scaremongering impressionable children” and that it was “not appropriate”.

Speaking to Cornwall Live, the mum added: “I’m all for people’s individual views but at no point do I believe that it is acceptable for anyone to try to push that onto others, especially children.

“They are not only filming children at school, which is completely and utterly unacceptable, but they are also preaching views to negatively influence our very vulnerable children, who are extremely impressionable, and could potentially impact their decision-making and put them at risk.”

The parent said some of the youngsters followed protesters to a nearby park.

“In this day and age we have always been taught ‘don’t speak to strangers’ and we and our children have got to be aware that there are some not very nice people in this world,” the mother added.

Another parent said it was “absolutely shocking” to see protesters felt they had the right to “invade” a school but commended the school staff for the way they dealt with it.

The dad, who himself works for the NHS, said: “The minority have chosen to target children to push their anti vaccine views, these children are already confused as to what to do for the best when it comes to having the vaccine.

“As a frontline health care worker, I see first hand everyday the positive effects the vaccine has had in keeping people out of hospital, yes people are still contracting the virus but without the vaccine I dread to think what state the country and NHS would be in, the freedoms the vaccine has given us this year is a step towards getting back to ‘normal’.”

The NHS has rolled out the COVID-19 jab to children aged 12 to 15, as part of the biggest vaccination drive in health service history.

Almost three million children in this age group are eligible for one dose of the Pfizer vaccine following the government’s acceptance of the UK Chief Medical Officers’ recommendation.

And Poltair School, which caters for more than 750 pupils, said: “Whilst we recognise the democratic right to protest, I am appalled at the fact that the protesters took it upon themselves to both attempt to enter the school site and film students without permission.

“We have been in contact with the police this morning to ensure that this will be followed up.”

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed officers attended Poltair Park on Monday afternoon (November 8) following reports of a protest.

It said: “Officers spoke to the group and observed leaflets being given to people passing by.”

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