Year six pupils at the school were sent home with copies of the script
Parents of children at Scargill Junior School in Rainham, Essex have expressed their dismay following the cancellation of 'Lights Camera Action!', a school play featuring a caretaker charachter called Will Fixit - based on Savile's BBC show Jim'll Fix It.
"He's a real life superhero, bet he'd look real good in tights,” read lyrics from the musical. "With your box of tricks you're never short of jobs to do. So many things need mending, everyone's depending on you."
Picture: Jimmy Savile's funeral in 2011
Amanda Ireland, head teacher at Scargill, is currently choosing a different play to perform and plans on destroying the scripts once they have been returned.
She said the show was "a really good play in terms of what the year 6 pupils enjoy doing", but the nature of the Savile-esque character was "inappropriate".
But in terms of the content and, more specifically in reference to the central character, Ireland said: "This was a complete oversight on our behalf and I apologise to all parents and children who have seen the script. It was totally inappropriate and unacceptable. We will be using a completely new play and I have asked parents to return all current scripts so they can be destroyed."
But this hasn’t stopped angry parents expressing their thoughts. "My son came home and said 'Mummy, should I be singing about Jimmy Savile? - I said 'what'. I think it is completely disgusting - I do not want him to be a part of it,” said a mother who didn’t want to be named, according to The Express.
"The school bought the script from a production company which adapts plays for primary schools but not one of his teachers picked up on it. I am just glad he is leaving - if he was not leaving the school in July to go to secondary school I would be withdrawing him completely."
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