A furious mum claims her child has been traumatized after allegedly being locked in a ‘rainbow room’ at school. Raging mother Abby says she began noticing her seven-year-old daughter’s behavior change ‘like never before’ following the incident.
She claims that she later found out her daughter had been “dragged by the legs” before being left in a room on her own at Blackgates Primary Academy in Leeds. Abby said: “On one particular day recently she had these boots on and she came out of school without the straps on them. I asked her where they had gone and she shrugged her shoulders.
“I thought maybe she was messing about with her straps or something and had them taken off her. I asked her what happened and she said ‘they take your shoes off when you go in the room, the rainbow room’.”
The worried mum went to the school and a teacher had explained that the room is used for punishment and explained that the seven-year-old had sworn and kicked a member of staff’s leg. The mum told LeedsLive: “The teacher told me the reason that they get children to remove their shoes is because some of them throw them at the ceiling and it falls down.”
Abby claims her daughter told her that she was “dragged across the classroom floor” and her “fingers were bent back”. She described the room as having “angry clouds” on the wall, as well as a picture of a rainbow, and “no handle on the door.”
The pupil’s grandmother “demanded” to see the rainbow room. She said: “There were no windows, no door handles, a concrete floor, and blue walls. You can’t get out, it’s really horrific. Their shoes are removed and they are locking children into this room unsupervised.”
After a meeting at the school, the concerned grandparent sent a written complaint. She said: “I would like to know the official complaints procedure please. I made it very clear during the meeting this evening how distressed, upset, shocked and furious I am to discover my granddaughter was locked into a solitary room.
“My granddaughter had her shoes physically removed from her, she was then put into a locked room, alone for a period of more than 10 minutes. This is extreme and I deem as a form of corporal harsh punishment and not acceptable by any standards. “
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Blackgates Primary’s headteacher Julie Coulson said the school was investigating the allegations claiming she “will ensure a very thorough investigation takes place”.
Abby removed her daughter from the school and said she is “doing really well” since moving on. She added: “The interesting thing is that she hasn’t had any behavior issues at her new school. The new teachers said that she is more than well behaved and they couldn’t understand what had gone on.”
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