TWO Year 10 pupils from Meden School in Warsop were given a fixed term exclusion for stealing cans of beer left in an unlocked room.
The boys, aged 15, took a can each from a crate which had been bought for the school caretaker as a gift for working extra hours.
School headteacher David Hooker insists the alcohol was in a room where the pupils had no reason to go and was not visible from anywhere outside the room.
Some of the school’s admin and human resources staff have recently been moved to a small building adjacent to the main school while new windows are fitted.
The two pupils had gone to the building to see the work experience coordinator and sort out placements for this week.
After leaving his office, they went down a corridor and into the room where the beer was on a table.
Staff noticed the beer was missing and both pupils were interviewed before admitting drinking the cans in the toilet.
David Bedford, whose step-son Kieran Dobb was one of the pupils involved, thinks the school made a mistake leaving the alcohol in an unlocked area.
He said: “He’s never been caught stealing before.
“I don’t think there should be alcohol in school in the first place.
“It was wrong to steal and he has been rightly punished for it but you shouldn’t give pupils these sort of opportunities.
“Why couldn’t it have been kept in the boot of the headteachers’ car?”
Mr Bedford also criticised the school for the way they communicated with him and Kieran’s mum following the incident.
He added: “Kieran takes medication for ADHD so we should have been told straight away when the school found out he’d drunk alcohol.
“All we got was a message on the answer phone in the evening.”
Mr Hooker accepted more attempts should have been made to directly contact the parents sooner.
The headteacher added how the school had followed disciplinary procedures for theft and the boys were given a fixed term exclusion.
He said prospective work experience placements for the pupils had to be informed about the incident and it was up to them if they wanted to cancel.
However, both boys were accepted on to their placements.
A meeting has been arranged with the parents and pupils to discuss a date for returning to school.