Petition for man in school rooftop drama

Cardinal Newman School roof
Cardinal Newman School roof

The daughter of a man who had to be talked down from the roof of Cardinal Newman High School yesterday has started an online petition.

Mitch Eastwick, 55, who is the premises manager at the Catholic school, said he was having problems in the workplace and wanted to highlight his despair.

The petition is called ‘Mitch against bullying’ which at time of going to press had 546 signatures.

His wife Rebecca Eastwick told Luton Today: “Mitch is a very strong man. I am 100 per cent behind him and have seen the ongoing effect this has had on him.”

Police were called to the school in Warden Hill Road at 7.39am to negotiate with Mitch and by about 10.30am he was safely back on the ground and taken to the Luton & Dunstable Hospital for a check-up.

The word ‘bullies’ was daubed on the wall underneath the roof the Mitch was on.

Mitch’s daughter said the online petition is “to highlight the devastating consequences of bullying in the workplace”.

Students and parents have flooded social media with support for Mitch.

Mitch is still employed by the school and manages the site team and cleaning team.

Headteacher Jane Crow said no one was hurt and no students were involved in the incident.

A school spokesperson said: “It is not our policy to comment on individual members of staff. However if any allegations are made against pupils or staff it would be investigated in accordance with our school policies.”

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