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ROWLETT (CBS11) – A family is outraged after a six-year-old comes home from day care covered in bruises. Police say there’s little they can do because those responsible are under ten years old. But the victim’s mother blames the adults she says should have stopped it from happening.
Employees at the Pecan Creek Day School declined to comment, but CBS11 did get a call from one of the owners. He insists he does not condone any inappropriate behavior at the school. However the victim’s mother tells us there’s no excuse for how her son was treated.
When Mandy Elsner came home from work to find her son’s face swollen, she couldn’t believe her eyes.
“His eye is busted right through here. He has a big bruise on his shoulder,” Elsner said.
Elsner immediately drove to the school where she learned her son had been beaten up by other children on the playground.
“The other boy called two of his friends over, and they started to chase him, and at that point they caught him and started to hit him with the jump ropes,” Elsner said.
She understands that young boys will fight, but she’s furious that no adult stopped this from happening, especially after she was told three teachers were supposed to be watching the children.
“They did tell me that one of them was new, so she didn’t actually know what to do. If she’s new, then someone should be there guiding her, training her. I mean you’re caring for someone’s children,” Elsner said.
When Elsner’s husband talked to one of the owners on the phone, she says they were told if they didn’t like the way the school handled things, they could enroll their son somewhere else.
“We could have had a little bit of compassion or a little understanding that this child has just been beaten, and instead we were insulted and hung up on,” Elsner said.
The owner who contacted us maintains that the children were supervised at all times. Rowlett Police did conduct a field investigation, but they say because those responsible are under 10 years old, they will not move forward with a criminal investigation. The parents say they have also filed complaints with the Department of Family and Protective Services.
Late Thursday afternoon CBS11 received this statement from the Pecan Creek Day School:
An unfortunate event occurred at our school on Monday.
It was a small scuffle involving some of our younger boys similar to scuffles on playgrounds all across the country every day.
There were three teachers on the playground at the time which exceeds the minimum standards of the state.
We took all the appropriate actions.
If the parents are correct and their son was hurt in any way in the scuffle, we are sorry and nothing could be further from the goals and values of our school.
We do and will continue to do everything possible to prevent this kind of thing from happening.
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