Goddard School Controversy: State Report Finds Daycare Workers Bullied and Humiliated Young Students
Some teachers were heard on a hidden recording threatening students with physical punishment.
The timeline of the school’s improvement plan submission has been clarified in this revised version of the story.— After a state inquiry into allegations of bullying, humiliation, and threats against children aged 2 and 3 finished last year, a local daycare has promised to make improvements.
The alleged incidents of maltreatment occurred on July 25 and August 8 of 2018 at the Goddard School of Roswell, according to a report by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL).
Two-year-old Brian Connerat’s kid was a pupil there.
Connerat described his son’s reaction to being hit by his teachers: “(My son) looked down at the ground, then looks at me and says, ‘Daddy, they hit me. “They hit you, and I asked why. Why did he cry, he explained.”
Connerat put a hidden microphone in his kid’s school.
Staff members were heard laughing at a weeping child, criticising parents in front of the youngster, and neglecting a child who was “emotionally distraught,” according to the inquiry into the tapes.
Both of those teachers were let go from Goddard School. As a consequence of the investigation, the state issued a fine to the university.
Our kids were getting really nervous about school, Connerat added. They felt down and out.
Some parents mentioned their children hit them in the arm or displayed other aggressive behaviour in DECAL paperwork. Another kid started complaining to his parents that teachers were hitting his buddies, and he didn’t want to attend to school anymore.
The school issued a statement thereafter saying:
“The Goddard School of Roswell has been serving the community’s families with high-quality childcare for over 15 years, and we’ve made it our top aim to create a warm and welcoming place for the kids to learn and grow. When we learned of an incident in one classroom more than a year ago, we launched an urgent inquiry, took voluntary, meaningful steps to prevent a recurrence, and cooperated completely with the state’s investigation.”
Following the investigation, DECAL requested the school submit an action plan for improvement by October 9, 2018, which was met. DECAL acknowledged in a follow-up letter that the institution had made changes such as staffing changes, parent meetings, and the installation of surveillance cameras.
“This is being ignored or dismissed. The importance of this is being downplayed “Says Connerat. “This is a serious issue if the owners were unaware of it. Reason being: lack of classroom supervision. They had no idea the educators were engaging in such behaviour with the students.”