A concerned mother has shared photos of her young son with scratch marks on the side of his face, chin and knee on social media last week. The mother, Facebook user Neo Celine Grace, claimed that a teacher at the My First Skool preschool at 119 Edgefield Plains, Punggol, allegedly hit her child and that the teacher admitted to scratching the boy.
It is unclear what could have caused the teacher to scratch Neo’s son Johannes. In the comments section of her post, Neo expressed concerns that the teacher may have deliberately scratched her boy instead of accidentally since it is difficult to believe that the boy would bear marks on three separate parts of his face and body if it really was an accident.
This past Sunday, Neo shared that My First Skool’s headquarters is investigating the case and that she and her family were visited by a representative from the school’s headquarters. It appears that police investigations are also ongoing as Neo says KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital has sent their medical report assessing Johannes to the police.
My First Skool is the pre-school arm of NTUC (National Trades Union Congress) First Campus Co-operative. This year marks the 41st year since My First Skool first opened its doors in 1977.
The 119 Edgefield Plains branch of My First Skool was in the news in recent years after it piloted a “high quality yet affordable” arts education programme in a pre-school setting, in collaboration with the National Arts Council (NAC).
This is not the first time that a preschool staff has been accused of hurting a young student. In a recent notable case, the principal of a childcare centre at Bedok was accused of beating an 8-year-old boy’s backside seven times with a wooden ruler over an alleged mistake in February this year.
The child’s parents subsequently lodged a police report against the principal, Ryan Choo – an ex-TCS actor who has appeared in small supporting roles in Channel 8 dramas – and pulled their child out of the preschool: