A 51-year-old preschool teacher got irritated when a 4-year-old boy with special needs, didn’t go to sleep during his naptime.
She pulled the boy’s ears, pushing and pulling him around repeatedly and inflicting scratches on the boy.
The woman pleaded guilty to one count of mistreating the boy under the Children and Young Persons Act, with another charge for using criminal force on the boy being considered for her sentencing.
She will be sentenced in January next year.
TODAY reported that the woman had been working at the preschool for nearly 10 years, and would teach the kids Mandarin, as well as bathing and feeding them, bringing them out for playtime outdoors and taking care of them during naptime.
The incident happened on 2 December 2020 at about 12.34pm, when she got angry because the boy wouldn’t go to sleep during naptime.
The woman also didn’t eat her lunch yet and was frustrated because she was hungry and tired, and she then pushed the boy and caused him to roll off the sleeping mat.
The boy then sat up and she grabbed him by his left forearm and dragged him across the floor.
She also pulled his ears repeatedly and scratched his neck, continuing to be rough on the boy even though he was starting to cry.
She then used the back of the boy’s shirt to pull him towards her while he was seated, and the boy then tried to retreat away from her but she then pulled him by his shirt again, before pushing his back, resulting in the boy falling forward.
She then pulled him towards her again, before pushing him with her right hand.
When the boy’s mother came to pick him up later that day, the teacher told her that the scratches on the boy’s body was accidental, and that it came about because he was struggling while she was trying to pat him to sleep.
The mother then found more marks on her son’s body at home and she then filed a complaint with the school.
The teacher also lied to the school principal, but after being shown CCTV footage of her actions, she admitted to mistreating the boy.
A police report was then filed by the boy’s mother, and the school then paid for the child’s medical fees – the teacher was also fired by the school.