A solid foundation, and a loving and caring nursery school is what a Wilgeheuwel parent expected when she took her little one to a nursery school of her choice in the area.
However, her hopes were dashed when she was apparently called into a meeting by the principal of the nursery school, the name of which is known by the Northsider, to discuss an incident that had occurred on Monday, 5 February, involving her two-year-old daughter and a three-year-old boy who had allegedly inappropriately touched the girl’s private parts.
Although it remains questionable whether the boy knew what he was doing, given his age, the parent, Keziah Lazarou, became upset after apparently learning that the school had not taken any steps to reprimand the boy or even call his parents to the school.
“The principal called me to say that there was an incident involving my little girl. She and a little boy were playing on the jungle gym when the little boy touched her inappropriately.
She [the principal] went on to say that it was all very innocent and we ‘shouldn’t make a fuss about it’. She also said that they do not smack hands or anything, so the teacher simply took the boy away and that was that,” said Lazarou, who claimed that the principal felt she needed to tell her in case her daughter mentioned the incident at home.
Lazarou told Northsider that she later requested a meeting with the school to find out what had been done to remedy the situation as it seemed they wanted to turn a blind eye on the matter and ‘push it under the rug’.
“We then wanted a solution as to what has been done since the incident. In a meeting with the principal I was told that what they did to remedy this situation was to simply move the boy to another class. That’s it! That is all that was done – nothing else – no calling the parents of the boy or even explaining the concept of good and bad touching to the boy,” she lashed out. The Northsider obtained Lazarou’s permission to use her photo.
Due to insecurities and disappointment at the school, Lazarou said she had no choice but to move her little girl to another school. Her last day was on 8 February.
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