Wednesday 7 December 2016

Parents at school attended by Donald and Melania Trump's son concerned

Heather Saul

Published 24/11/2016 | 09:00

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Barron Trump may be glad his parents have agreed to let him stay at his school in Upper West Manhattan instead of relocating him to Washington, but his classmates' parents are apparently less pleased.

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A spokesperson for the President-elect confirmed last week his youngest offspring and Melania Trump would take the unusual step of staying in the Trump’s gilded New York residence instead of moving to the White House to allow Barron to finish out the school year.

Jason Miller, a spokesman for Mr Trump, said at the time: "Like any parents, they are concerned about pulling their 10-year-old son out of school in the middle of the year.”

Parents are now reportedly concerned over any disruption over their children, with one board member telling Vanity Fair: “Some parents are freaking out and worked up about security and what the school is going to do.”

The family: From left, Eric Trump, Lara Yunaska Trump, Donald Trump, Barron Trump, Melania Trump, Vanessa Haydon Trump, Kai Madison Trump, Donald Trump Jr, Donald John Trump III, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and Tiffany Trump
The family: From left, Eric Trump, Lara Yunaska Trump, Donald Trump, Barron Trump, Melania Trump, Vanessa Haydon Trump, Kai Madison Trump, Donald Trump Jr, Donald John Trump III, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and Tiffany Trump

Other grumblings ranged from being forced to use the stairs after a lift was cordoned off for the First Lady and concern over the logistics of having a Secret Service presence at school to protect the child of the President and First Lady. One reportedly complained of Mr Trump’s “lack of respect for protocol”.

Some of these complaints have even reached school chiefs, according to the magazine.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump applauds as his wife Melania and son Barron watch at the conclusion of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump applauds as his wife Melania and son Barron watch at the conclusion of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Columbia Prep has responded to concerns by organising a meeting for parents next month, according to an email sent out this week. The email, from headmaster Dr Richard Soghoian, assures parents the school has already “instituted additional measures and added additional staff under the guidance of highly experienced and knowledgeable experts from the Secret Service.”

Balloons and confetti fall as Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump points into the crowd with his wife Melania (L) and his son Barron (C) at his side at the end of the final session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Balloons and confetti fall as Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump points into the crowd with his wife Melania (L) and his son Barron (C) at his side at the end of the final session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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