Parents of children at Westcliff Common Infants School near Southend have called for both the headteacher and Year 1 class teacher to resign after a new class pet rabbit turned out to have an enormous sex drive. According to people who have met 3-month-old Norman, his behaviour has been entirely unacceptable for a learning environment with children who are five and six years old – the school’s management have already issued a letter of apology to all parents and an investigation is now underway with the local authority.

Outraged parent Dave Phalouse said: ‘My daughter left school in floods of tears last week because Norman was rubbing himself awkwardly against the bars of his cage, and when they took him out during golden time he escaped and tried to get down and dirty with her Paw Patrol pencil case – we now have to replace the case and all of her stationery at a considerable cost to ourselves. She keeps asking me why he was behaving like that, and all I could think of saying at the time was that he has Rabbit epilepsy – now she is too scared to turn the lights off and on when she is in her classroom and this whole thing is turning into a great big ugly mess that the school could have avoided.’

Another parent, who doesn’t want to be named, said: ‘I had to speak to the class teacher about another matter, and when I walked into the room it was obvious that Norman was going through some sort of sexual awakening or something like that. He was laying on his back, propped up against the side of his cage, and he had everything on display and ready for action. Even the look in his cold dark eyes filled me with a chill as it was like he was just saying ‘yeah, this is all me, come and get it sweetheart.’ What on earth would have one of the children thought after seeing him like that? It’s disgusting and heads should roll!’

The school’s headteacher Dr Marvin Hemp spoke to Southend News Network’s Chief Reporter earlier today. He said: ‘While we can only apologise for any distress that has been caused by Norman, we have to stress that he is displaying natural rabbit behaviour. We have made some enquiries about getting him rehomed, but this prove to be rather difficult, and so we have taken the difficult decision to cancel our Summer Fair and use the funds to purchase a course of hormone adjustment therapy that will be carried out at a specialist facility in The Netherlands. We hope to have Norman back with us by the start of the Autumn Term.’