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Preschool teacher locked toddlers in dryer

Preschool teacher locked toddlers in dryer

Published: 02 May 2012 12:53 GMT+02:00
Updated: 02 May 2012 12:53 GMT+02:00

The woman, who is in her sixties, was accused of trapping three young boys in a dryer after they had been playing in it.

On another occasion, she locked one of the three in the school's safe, the local Borås Tidningen (BT) newspaper reported.

She had also allegedly covered the mouth of a crying one-year-old girl and hit another child on the head before pulling the youngster's hair.

All of the children involved were between one and three at the time of the incidents.

While the teacher continued to maintain her innocence, the District Court in Borås on Wednesday nevertheless found her guilty of child abuse.

She was handed a suspended sentence and fine 6,000 kronor ($880).

The woman was also ordered to pay 10,000 kronor in damages to each of the families of the three children she locked in the dryer and 7,000 kronor to the family of another child.

The teacher's hard-handed tactics were eventually reported to school administrators by concerned colleagues last spring.

In January, prosecutors finally filed charges over assaults.

“My opinion is that this way of reprimanding children goes beyond the limits of what is permissible and acceptable", chief prosecutor Daniel Edsbagge told BT at the time.

Despite the guilty verdict, the woman denied having committed any crime, alleging that she had been the victim of a conspiracy hatched by her colleagues in a bid to have her fired.

But the court found that the account provided by other employees at the preschool was credible and that there was "no reason" they would have accused the woman of something she hadn't done, according to the Expressen newspaper.

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01:56 May 3, 2012 by Da Goat
she will have fun paying all those fines from her pension !
04:59 May 3, 2012 by wolverine2k
Shut her off in a closet, dryer and safe as she did with the kids. Just make sure that she is in there for 10x the minutes the kids were in there! Financial settlement is not something I would like to have if somebody misbehaved with my child.

Tit for Tat!
09:07 May 3, 2012 by J Jack
Screening, screening, screening, why is no one subject to screening before employment .. people don't just start abusing kids when they turn 60, there must be a history. As for 'wolverine2k', your tit for tat method has been unsuccessfully tested by Israel and Palestine for decades. The need for prevention lies with the education authorities.
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