A CAFE owner was outraged when a teacher burst into her premises and began shouting at late-for-school pupils.
Stacey Everett, 22, was serving sandwiches to four Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School pupils in her Nutty Butty cafe just before 8.50am when a female teacher stormed in and began screaming that they should be in class.
Mother-of-one Miss Ever-ett said: "I was absolutely disgusted with her behaviour.
"While those pupils were in my shop they were my customers and deserve the same respect as everyone else, regardless of whether they were going to be late for school or not.
"It really is no wonder that children today are losing respect for their elders when they are treated like that."
Miss Everett, who has been running the cafe for more than a year and lives in Victoria Street, Oswald-twistle, immediately contacted the head of the school to complain.
She said: "To receive respect you have to give it. If those children were mine I’d be pulling them out of that school.
"The teacher’s reaction was completely unnecessary and unjust."
Headteacher Barry Burke said: "We are very concerned about a number of students whose punctuality has deteriorated recently and we have decided to make sure students who arrive late are made aware of where they should be and that school begins at 8.40am.
"We will send letters to the parents of those who are persistently late.
"In this specific incident the students in question were still in Union Road well after classes had started and our staff member strongly told the pupils where they should be.
"Punctuality is very important to the school. If our staff member was over-zealous in her response it is unfortunate, but if our pupils want to get a job after leaving school they must realise punctuality is important."
A year ago the school stopped its students leaving the premises at lunchtimes due to residents’ complaints and timetable changes.