The principal of a preschool accused by a parent of the maltreatment of a child left in care of the facility has denied the claim, while inferring the allegation to have been launched to serve as an excuse to avoid paying overdue school fees.


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Child and Family Services were said been investigating an incident involving the handling of a one-year-old, with the mother accusing the child’s teacher of yanking the child up by one arm and tossing him to the ground, while being unaware that she was in full view of the parent.


However, while admitting how the teacher had indeed raised the child from a sitting position by the use of one arm is a mistake for which the teacher had apologised to the parent as such was not performed in a harsh, malicious manner, as described by the mother, but only to allow for a more expedient passage of the toddler from the doorway to the outer play area, where the other children were already.


“The story was taken out of context in saying that the child got the scratch under the chin as a result of the situation, because the teacher never thrust the child to the ground,” explained the principal. “When she picked him up by the upper arm, as she showed me how she did it on her own child, she took him from the sitting position to the standing position and he never even had to hold her for balance, the child was quite solid on the ground, ready to go (outside),
“There was a concern about how slowly the child moved and the potential time frame involved of her having to wait for him to get up on his own, because she had other children outside which she didn’t want anything to happen to any of the others, so it was in the haste of her attending to them that caused the situation.


“And because her back was turned as she was waiting for him, that she does not recognise.”

It was also mentioned that the parents of the child were just under $4,000 in arrears in terms of tuition charges for the child, with the assertion being that the actions were an exaggerated scheme to avoid having to make payment.


“It’s a very unjust and unfair thing that she’s done and I honestly believe it was done because of their inability to pay those fees,” she said.


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