Teachers are usually patient, caring and compassionate people and so most of us trust them with training and looking after our children in school. Which is why it’s so heartbreaking when we hear of teachers abusing, neglecting or hurting kids.
Three teachers have been suspended from a school in Merseyside, UK after a boy with Down syndrome was found left outside in freezing conditions.
11-year-old Levi Blackshaw was discovered naked and curled up in a ball outside Stanley School on October 30, last year.
Levi’s mom, Suzanne Cole, was understandably very angry. She revealed that she actually didn’t know about what had happened to Levi until the day after, when a witness told her. “When I found out I was just crying. I went into the school and I nearly smashed the classroom up. My partner had to get the social workers and I had to be removed from the building.” Cole said.
“I demanded to see the CCTV footage from the head teacher and it took two weeks. When we saw it I was crying and even he was crying. It was awful. What’s really hard is how can you prove how Levi was affected? He is non-verbal, he is not like us.
“He came home from school that evening and we didn’t even know. You send them to school to be protected.” The mom explained.
Almost a year later, and head teacher Anthony Roberts, deputy Cecilia Maxwell, and Anthony’s assistant, Helen Clements, have been suspended as part of an investigation.
“The CCTV footage says it all. As witnesses said he was curled up in a ball crying like a baby.” Cole’s partner, Alex Kearney, said.
According to Metro, Levi has down syndrome related behavioral issues and had been acting up on the day of the incident and so had been left in a classroom on his own. He ended up playing with water and removed his clothes when he got wet.
Allegations state that he was taken to another classroom, where Ms Maxwell told colleagues to take him outside with only a towel around his shoulders. He was given a pair of shorts after eight minutes in the cold, but CCTV footage shows him being left for a further 22 minutes.
What happened to Levi is absolutely unacceptable. We hope the teachers responsible are held accountable for their actions. We pray Levi can move past this incident and it doesn’t affect how he relates to others.
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