A teacher who allegedly threatened toddlers that she would send them into the bushes where a woman would cut off their heads if they told their parents how she punishes them was temporarily suspended at a playschool in Port Elizabeth.
The school in Newton Park has children up to Grade R.
The owner confirmed that two staff members were temporarily suspended but declined to comment further as the investigation is still ongoing.
One of the parents of the school said her child’s behavior has changed completely since the beginning of the year. “She is anxious and suddenly afraid of the dark.”
“The school let me know that my child is emotionally unstable. My child got professional help, but little did we know what was going on at school. ”
Parents reportedly talked to each other at a children’s party this past weekend, finding out about the emotional and even physical assault that is apparently taking place at school.
In addition to the threats, the teacher also allegedly pushed the children’s hands flat on the desk and bent their fingers.
As an alternative punishment, the children were apparently also forced to stand in the corner of the class while the whole class sang “Baa-baa-black-sheep” and then the so-called naughty child had to laugh out loud.
Some of the children also suffered visible injuries.
“My child didn’t want to say anything at first. I had to promise her that the lady was gone and could never hurt her again until she started talking. “
An emergency parent meeting was held on Monday where the school allegedly claimed they were not aware of any assaults. A group of parents, meanwhile, has decided to file a case with the police.
A police source close to the case said the Unit Against Family Violence, Child Abuse and Sexual Offenses (FCS) is investigating.