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Teacher suspected of assaulting 2-year-old girl

TT/The Local · 28 May 2011, 12:52

Published: 28 May 2011 12:52 GMT+02:00

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The woman, who the newspaper says has worked at the pre-school in the Bergsjön district since autumn, is reported to have lifted the girl up by her left arm before deliberately dropping her to the floor.

A child minder told the newspaper that the children were being read fairy tales in the school's kitchen on Tuesday when 2-year-old Senarya followed another girl who had left the room to go to the toilet.

The child minder saw the teacher grab hold of Senarya and dump her onto the floor before slamming the kitchen door shut. The girl cried for fifteen minutes before finally falling asleep with exhaustion, the child minder told Göteborgs-Posten.

”She just kept crying and wasn’t able to move her arm.”

Staff at the pre-school alerted the police, who have classified the incident as assault.

Senarya was taken by ambulance to Östra Hospital where her arm was deemed to be damaged but not broken.

The girl’s parents have applied to have Senarya and her older brother transferred to another pre-school as quickly as possible.

On Friday, only six of the 19 children i Senarya’s group turned up for school as upset parents awaited firm action.

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According to Göteborgs-Posten, educational authorities in the city have previously received a number of written complaints about the teacher.

The head of the pre-school in Bergsjön told Göteborgs-Posten that the teacher has been assigned tasks away from the pre-school pending the results of an internal inquiry.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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16:22 May 28, 2011 by Taxlady
Amazing to me that in this country people stick their babies in places to be raised by total strangers then are surprised when something like this happens. And the screening of employees is so lax!And the education level so low!
18:05 May 28, 2011 by Reptile

I myself am studying to be a pre-school teacher here in Sweden and I can tell you that the education level is not low at all. I have to study 3.5 years at university, and then work for 1 year before I can get my teacher license. The education itself is not that easy. We have to read dozens of books (Swedish and English) every month, and I remember there were so many of us when we started in the beginning but now a lot of students have dropped out because not everyone can take such a difficult academic education.
18:28 May 28, 2011 by cornpone
More from the culture revolution. I once questioned the weirdo man who was at my kid's daycare and they acted as though I was an evil, sexist, Nazi for implying that male, complete strangers could not be trusted with my kids like women could. Turns out he was a "burned out" and the government had placed him in the daycare to "rehabilitate" him. Really. So, our kids are there to rehabilitate people with mental problems? Once again the Swede shows how ideology trumps reality every time and as always there are victims.
22:44 May 28, 2011 by DAVID T
maybe the kid was asking for it :-)
23:46 May 28, 2011 by infidel2012
How come the staff member wasn't arrested on site, shouldn't they be behind bars awaiting a trial?

If a staff member did this to my kid, they'd be sleeping with the fishes : )
00:04 May 29, 2011 by countrysidedrive
There is a common problem that I have seen by being involved in all aspects of child care. Generally speaking many people who are in child care love children. Generally speaking some are in the business because they cant do anything else. And not generally speaking they are paid very poorly. Our most valuable children are left to strangers who sometimes resent working so hard in a job that is all they can do, with irritating children and being paid poorly. So there are real multiple problems. Something needs to be done for our children. It is not fair to beautiful innocent babies to be subjected to people who dont want to be there and hate their job. One last note I believe it has been in the past customarily a womens business. But child raising needs to involve both sexes. Women sometimes may not agree but us men do have our benefits.
13:24 May 29, 2011 by Taxlady
So perhaps parents should feel a moral responsibility to stay home with their babies instead of exposing their children's vunerability to perverts and people who hate their jobs?
14:11 May 29, 2011 by update-2011
what is surprising is that the child was crying for 15 minutes with no one helping her!How did this happen?In Sweden, how?This is not typical Swedish! I think the lady had a bad day , just on that day.I am glad that the baby's hand is not broken. I think the lady will come back to her senses and see the mistake she made. We only have to forgive her. All of us make mistakes.
14:12 May 29, 2011 by Streja
Taxlady, you should inform yourself before commenting on things you have no clue about. Förskola is not a daycare center. It's pre-school where the staff are teachers and the kids are not babies.
17:51 May 29, 2011 by Puffin

I don't know how you my the interpretation that no one helped the child -I interpreted more that she was inconsolable and couldn't stop crying


I find it strange that someone who works in higher education such as yourself should have so little knowledge and believe that pre-school staff have low levels of education. pre-school teachers are a graduate profession in Sweden and nursery nurses (that the Local calls childminders even though this is the wrong term) require a 3 year high school education.
19:01 May 29, 2011 by Authentica
Horrible. Why was that "teacher" still on her position even though there were previous complaints? And btw, what was the child minder doing during those 15 minutes while the child cried herself to sleep?
00:19 May 30, 2011 by Enjoyourlife
Is the teacher an immigrants? I am sure the six children who came to school are immigrants!
02:14 May 30, 2011 by Da Goat
something strange here a 2 yr old not at daycare but at pre school!

her arm was hurt ? I would supect her leg would hit the floor first.

sounds like the small girl was being a little javla.

and they took her to hospital in an ambulance while older people die waiting for one!

was the teacher extra tall so as the baby had a long way to drop?

this story is a little silly whatever way you rewad it.
09:48 May 30, 2011 by wolverine2k

That is such an evil thought you have. Calling the baby a javla and giving all benefit of doubts to the teacher?

I had an accident once where my baby was on my head and lost her balance. I tried to catch her from fall and incidentally caught her by the arms. There was a minor dislocation and ofcourse she hit the floor. But her legs were all right.

I suggest you jump from 8 feet once. In the next try, put a rope around your arm with the rope length being 4 feet. Lets see what you complain about the most!

I really hope the child forgets the trauma and the devil teacher is behind bars...
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