Parents’ taxi dispute: residents and school demand stricter measures

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Parental taxi jam: snapshots of a normal morning at Anne Frank Elementary School. © p

The dispute over parents’ taxis at the Anne Frank school in Offenbach escalates regularly. As the police and the rector are perplexed, the city should now help.

Offenbach – So-called helicopter parents show no consideration when it comes to their own child. Especially not when it comes to leaving the little ones in front of the school gate in the safest and easiest way possible. The problem: the number of overprotective parents is constantly growing and with it the number of so-called taxi parents.

Of course, the phenomenon exists in almost every elementary school in Offenbach. An extreme case, however, is obviously the cul-de-sac in front of the Anne Frank school, where almost every morning there is absolute traffic chaos, including squabbling parents, near misses and threats of violence if someone complains to the parks. natural.

Uwe App and his wife Ramona have a son who goes to Frank School and are bothered by the inconsiderate parents’ taxis. “Every morning there are life-threatening situations here because these people carelessly run in front of the school,” says Uwe App, describing the situation. So take bold turns, curb parking or blind maneuvering. “And all while the kids go to school.”

Parental taxi jam: snapshots of a normal morning at Anne Frank Elementary School.
Parental taxi jam: snapshots of a normal morning at Anne Frank Elementary School. © p

Parents’ taxis in Offenbach do not understand each other: “These people are absolutely selfish”

The two do not understand the laziness of their parents’ taxi drivers. “These people are utterly selfish people who don’t give a damn if their behavior endangers other children.” There have been near-misses several times because a father, under pressure, turned into the narrow, dead-end street.

Their descriptions confirm the apps with a whole collection of test photos showing the morning chaos on “a normal school day around 8:30”. Not only are parents seen whistling at every parking ban and also parking on the green borders just to be able to accompany their children directly in front of the school. The images also show that these same parents still like to stand in front of the school fence and watch their children. “This has now become a real chat corner for many,” says App. “First of all, let’s smoke a cigarette together and talk.” Sometimes the whole thing lasts up to 30 minutes.

Parental taxi jam: snapshots of a normal morning at Anne Frank Elementary School.
Parental taxi jam: snapshots of a normal morning at Anne Frank Elementary School. © p

Caretaker Farok Assakali and colleague Stefan Jäger are also upset about the cheeky parents’ taxis. They have problems every morning, for example when a furniture delivery arrives. Then there is a total blockade in front of the school, Assakali says. The two, however, have long since given up asking parents to observe the ban on parking in front of the school. Stefan Jager: “I won’t say anything anymore because I don’t want to get in trouble.” In the past, his parents’ taxi drivers have even threatened him.

Offenbach’s director is perplexed: “People can no longer be reached with reasonable speech”

And the director Karine Mentrel doesn’t know if the drivers are recalcitrant. “It’s not really about all parents, it’s only about a part,” she says. “These people can no longer be reached through a sensible approach.” They are so focused on their own well-being and the comfort of their children that they would not let anything distract them from their plan.

Even the city police have apparently acknowledged that things are getting busy at the Anne Frank School. “We have a standing order of control there,” says Lothar Haack, head of the troop. The last time there was a checkup was on February 17th and 22nd. However, he admits: “But we do it in uniform.”

They are convinced that things cannot go like this: the director Karine Mentrel (from left), the caretaker Farok Assakali and the parents Uwe and Ramona App.
They are convinced that things cannot go like this: the director Karine Mentrel (from left), the caretaker Farok Assakali and the parents Uwe and Ramona App. © Reinartz

Now all those affected are asking the city to create a structural solution to defuse the situation in front of the Anne Frank School. No parking signs that have already been installed would be ignored. The controls of the uniformed city police are also ineffective. “They are standing directly in front of the school with their emergency vehicle, which can be seen from a distance,” says App. On a day like this, the parents’ taxis didn’t even get to the school gate. “We have really tried everything. But everything only works if you block people’s access. “(Christian Reinartz)

Comment: Merciless bollards on the way to school

The fact that there are Far West situations in front of Offenbach’s schools in the struggle for the best parental taxi parking is the result of years of concessions to an overly worried generation of parents. She has set herself the task of protecting her offspring from the dangers and imponderability of this world at all costs, by just and unjust means.

It is an emptying tactic. A tactic that has worked very well for years because schools and public authorities are too good-natured. They are reluctant to mess with parents who, driven by the helicopter craze and mutual incitement in Whatsapp parenting groups, seem ready for anything.

The director made it. These parents can no longer be reached through logical arguments. Free-spinning emotions have long since taken over the joystick. One would no longer be able to cope with this resistance even with a meticulous control routine. The only thing that can still help at this stage: mercilessly pave the way to school. This is the only way down-to-earth parents can walk their children away every morning without fear. (Christian Reinartz)

Parental taxi jam: snapshots of a normal morning at Anne Frank Elementary School.
Parental taxi jam: snapshots of a normal morning at Anne Frank Elementary School. © p
Parental taxi jam: snapshots of a normal morning at Anne Frank Elementary School.
Parental taxi jam: snapshots of a normal morning at Anne Frank Elementary School. © p
Parental taxi jam: snapshots of a normal morning at Anne Frank Elementary School.
Parental taxi jam: snapshots of a normal morning at Anne Frank Elementary School. © p

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