What on earth is going here?

The Herald on Sunday has a story about Bucklands Beach Primary School with this strange photo:

The captions says:

Children from the Bucklands Beach Primary School cross the road under the close guidance of a teacher

Now I walk past this school nearly every other day. It is on Clovelly Road. There is only a single main entrance to the school and it has a pedestrian crossing.

This photo is staged and is actually on Waller Avenue. There is no pedestrian crossing there, and it is on a back street with only a small footpath access to the rear of the school.

Then there is the issue of the “teacher” allowing the children to cross under “close guidance”. Except she is jumping in the air and flapping her arms and has her back turned to the traffic.

It is fanciful rubbish to suggest that this is a normal occurrence in a quiet suburban street at the back walkway entrance to the school…there is certainly not hordes of kids wanting to cross that particular road.


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  • Guest

    The woman must be a buddhist, because she is levitating.

    • Bob

      I thought the blue car had hit her.

  • Dr. Who

    Looks like she’s hovering down to land after a 6 month stint at a weight loss clinic

    • Travis Poulson

      Or, the children were unsupervised, and The Herald photoshopped an adult into the picture, but selected the wrong photo.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Tories – This is a photo shop trick from the Labourers. Forget and move on.

  • Scanner

    And we trust these proven liars with our gift to the future, our children’s education.

  • Ronnie Chow

    Weightloss experiment goes horribly wrong for Auckland schoolteacher as bones and blood replaced with ‘Shearer’s substance’ .
    In other news , Mongrel Mob recruits storm out of school after chocolate milk taken off menu .

  • Euan.Rt

    At last, real proof that we have witches in the classroom.

  • davcav

    It is just me or does that sign look photoshopped as well?

  • I expect that the labour department will be carrying out an immediate investigation of this Dangerous practice, No glow vest for starters.

  • Bunswalla

    The teacher is in fact levitating. Teachers are AWESOME.

  • pukakidon

    Looks like a normal teacher to me. In a flap over nothing.

  • MrV

    I expect David Shearer will immediately be launching a shoes for schoolkids based on this photo.

  • toby_toby

    I’ve never heard of a school crossing in a major metropolitan area, in this day and age, where an adult simply wanders onto the thoroughfare and holds up the traffic. Usually if they don’t have signs that extend out from the footpath, they at least have a silly little orange flag for the kids to hold. More evidence pointing to it not being a legit photo.

    When I was a kid, the quiet street at the back of the school was supervised by an adult, but with two major differences from this photo. The adult didn’t play games jumping around on the road, and they waited until cars had passed before allowing children to cross – unlike in this photo where the adult has actually stopped traffic, it reinforced the concept that you need to wait for vehicles to pass before crossing, rather than reinforcing an idea that cars will always stop for a person on the road even if they are jumping up and down like an idiot.