When Michigan mom Houda Dannaoui picked up her 5-year-old son from his preschool on March 27, she was horrified by what the school told her a substitute assistant teacher had done to him the day before.
Abdul, a straight A student in his preschool class, didn’t get to eat any food that day.
His substitute had placed tape over his mouth and thrown his food in the garbage, leading to teasing from the other children, Fox 8 reports.
The 5-year-old said of the Highview Elementary School teacher:
“She put the scotch tape on my mouth… They said don’t tell your mom or dad, or no one.”
Abdul told his mother that his mouth was taped on at least 10 occasions, and that a full time teacher at the school tried to bribe him not to tell with a “bracelet to entice him,” according to Fox 5.
The mother said that in addition to her son going hungry, the tape made it difficult to breathe with his asthma. She said:
“I’m emotionally heartbroken. Disappointed. That’s his second home. That’s how they treat a child with asthma?”
The substitute assistant teacher was fired from the school, but the full time teacher that the 5-year-old claims was involved has not been fired, the Detroit Free Press reports.
She was told that there isn’t enough proof to have grounds for a dismissal.
On April 17, the mother asked to see the police report the school claimed they filed after becoming aware Abdul’s mouth was taped, but soon found out that they didn’t file one at all.
She has since filed a police report herself and retained a lawyer to make an official complaint. Attorney Nabih Ayad said:
“We feel like this was a joke, a prank among the teachers. (They have) no basis for teaching at this school.”
Dr. Laurine VanValkenburg, superintendent of the Crestwood School District, told Detroit Free Press that the incident was “not the normal standard of care” and that they “work to ensure that all children are safe and secure in a quality setting.”
Abdul’s parents have since transferred him to a different school.