Report: Preschool investigated for allegedly tying up 2-year-old who wouldn’t nap

Mercury is reporting that a preschool is being investigated after a former employee allegedly tied up a 2-year-old girl for refusing to take her nap and later showed photos of it to other teachers, including the child’s mother.


“PLEASANTON — …”A complaint filed March 5 with the Department of Social Services alleges that a former teacher of Centerpointe Christian Preschool bound the child’s wrists and ankles with masking tape, then made her sit on a cot while she took a photograph.”

“According to a church statement, nobody knew about the incident until months later, when the employee pulled out her cellphone at a social gathering earlier this month and showed photos of the child to two current staff members. One of the teachers who viewed the photo was the mother of the child in the photograph.”

“We are appalled and shocked that such an incident, if proven to be true, took place. Every human person made in the image of God, all of the children in our care, deserve the highest degree of respect and protection from any action that dehumanizes them,” said Pastor Mike Barris.”

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March 12th, 2013
1:24 pm

I got to a childcare facility one time to pick up my (then) 4yo. She told me that her teacher had tied her up. I went to the front desk…the lady pulled up footage. In deed my child had been tied in the blanket for getting up (repeatedly) durning the nap time. By the time I got there (around 5) the teacher had been fired. I was never notified.

I called the GA PreK people and they told me the would send someone out to do a check but that there was nothing much they could do. I called my attorney and sent him the photos of the child (I pulled them off the tape the lady had shown me) and he said there was no case.

I was very frustrated that the (well known national chain) got no disciplinary action.

I did however immediately pull my child from the daycare.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

March 12th, 2013
1:38 pm

Oh my gosh — that’s crazy! how often could that be happening??


March 12th, 2013
1:47 pm

@FCM – the bad part is that since there was no legal action, that daycare worker probably just went to another daycare. Could you have pressed charges?

Phil's lover

March 12th, 2013
1:53 pm

You will know they are Christians by their love.

That and they tell you they are Christian very loudly while they pick your pocket and “love” your sons and daughters.


March 12th, 2013
1:57 pm

Phil’s lover….I almost choked trying not to laugh at “You will know they are Christians by their love.”

Young Lady

March 12th, 2013
1:58 pm

Not shocked because I’ve heard my share of horror stories. I was left alone for over 6 hours as a 2 year old in a locked classroom unsupervised for biting a teacher. I have no idea why I bit the teacher but I was 2 and they sometimes do bite people. This was back in the 80’s. The teacher had the nerve to actually tell my father what happened when he came and say that ‘I was no longer welcome because I bit.’ I’m sure you can imagine what he told her.

Needless to say they found a better preschool and there really are great ones.


March 12th, 2013
1:59 pm

@ Techmom…I could not get any information on the teacher. I was told (and the state PreK people also said this)…that they had dismissed the teacher and filed it so that person could not go to another GA daycare. As I said earlier, MY lawyer said I had no case.

I am not sure how many are aware. In GA you only have to tell them what states you have worked in (they seldom use employment verifcation systems) and the daycare only checks those states. The do not do FBI background checks or have a national database for daycare teachers…only the Owners and Administrators have to be checked. I saw recently that they are trying to change that and I am all for it.

Jeez FCM.....

March 12th, 2013
2:26 pm

….what was the point in calling an attorney? Were you seeking a monetary settlement? Did you want to shut down the day care? Why call an attorney?????

Yet another frivilious lawsuit with an attorney making hundreds of dollars an hour….what was the outcome you were expecting? Were you disappointed when he told you you didn’t have a case…>REALLY?????

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

March 12th, 2013
2:40 pm

I don’t think a child being tied down is frivolous and obviously in some states you would have a case since California is conducting a criminal investigation!


March 12th, 2013
2:44 pm

Geez FCM, I’m sure she was only attempting to block the guilty daycare worker of going to another facility and doing the deed all over. It may have saved another child the humility had she been able to do so.


March 12th, 2013
2:50 pm

Another example of the damage the insidious mythology of religon inflicts on socitey each day.


March 12th, 2013
3:20 pm

Actually what I was hoping for was this…1- as jmb and techmom indicate, I wanted to make sure that “teacher” was not allowed children. 2–I wanted to change the rules so that all teachers are fingerprinted and FBI background checked. 3 – I specifically wanted the practices of that Franchise facility looked at so that any other happenings at that school that were not good for children could be discovered.

Not every lawsuit is about monetary gain. Courts are there to restore you to whole. As my attorney explained to me, I did not have case because the child was removed from the school (by me), any money left on my account was being returned to me (I sent a certified letter) and the teacher had been fired. There was not much more that court would do. I was greatly encouraged by the attorney to persue it through the GA PreK creditation system, which I did but was frustrated there too. They did find some other issues regarding broken toys and playground safety concerns that the school was forced to addressed or lose accreditation.

Yes, having the owner lose is affiliation with the nationally known chain did enter the picture. As I understand it, that school suddenly had a good bit of Corporate attention. I think it needed it.

I did end up at Legacy Academy and wished I had found them sooner! The staff and facilities were AWESOME. To this day my children ask to go back and see the ladies at Legacy Academy. It was by far the best place my children ever attended.


March 12th, 2013
3:23 pm

I was frustrated b/c the owner was friends with the teacher and the hiring records were not found by the PreK. The PreK could not help with the hiring practices.

When you send your child into someone’s care it is a BIG bag of trust….and ours was shattered.

Again, the ladies at Legacy were awesome with my family and I would trust them with my children any time.


March 12th, 2013
4:48 pm

Oh, come on. I went to first grade at a catholic school called St Mary’s in San Antonio Texas in 1957, the year that Chevy made the perfect car of all time, that amazing ‘57 Chevy Bel Air, which has made every surge of evolution from the monkey to modern man worthwhile. Well, it was during lent, and of course we had to go to church at 11am every day because it was lent, you see? Anyway, one day this kid right next to me in the pew next starts acting up and standing and kneeling and sitting randomly like he’s mocking the congregational choreography of the mass. Then he starts yucking it up and grabbing my arm in order to get me to go along with it, which I did, because why not, I’m six, and he was having so much fun. Now, sitting only two pews behind us were the nuns. All fifteen of them including my teacher nun person lady thing. So, when we lined up in front of our classroom after mass that day, my teacher nun person lady thing approached me, called out my name, and then slapped me as hard as an adult can slap a child. (I figure she started swinging her arm when she called out my name because I had just enough time to lift my face to where my eyes met hers when…SLAP!!!! ) Then, she grabbed my little friend and lifted him up to her face and shook him violently until he was silly. “Dont. You. Ever. Do. That. AGAIN”…. she gnashed her teeth and her throat gargled as she shook him. I remember seeing that little guy wandering aimlessly around the playground during recess for a few days, and then……I don’t know….nothing.

Well, I was a mess in 1957, my friends, but I’m okay now. Schnique, laba, doodle putzle, nyackle swop…fiddle fee….LADY!!!!


March 12th, 2013
5:23 pm

It is a school operating in the private/voluntary economy so there will be consequences. The parents will be able to take their money and walk, the other parents will hopefully consider or do the same, and there will likely be criminal charges against those responsible. The truth will come out eventually and if that means the end of this preschool, the market will have spoken.

Now lets consider the reality of the government system.

First, this would likely have been done by a police officer acting in response to a call from the school. Given the well-documented cases in recent years there likely would have been tasering involved and maybe even mace/pepper spray. All government employees involved would circle the wagons, deny all responsibility and cover for each other (not that this same thing is not possible in this case). Being a prisoner of the state, the child would likely be presumed guilty and all government employees found to be just “following state-accepted/county-accepted guidelines” for such an incident. If a union shop and a teacher involved rather than a cop (yes, no unions in GA), the union would immediately come to the aid of the teacher involved. If a cop, same thing with their union. There would likely be some “internal investigation” with no serious independent cooperation from any outside authorities (DA, Attorney General, etc.). All would end with wrists being slapped or “serious changes to policy” that would amount to nothing at all.

The parents would be allowed to take their child from the school, but would continue to be victimized through the school tax. Other parents would be reluctant to pull their children from the school for financial reasons and because they want to be seen by their friends and neighbors as “supporting public schooling.” Any perceived lack of supervision of personnel will yield calls for more money that some schmuck in the assembly will pander to with a bill to increase funding for more “resource officers.” Likely the child will end up with a criminal record he/she will have to get sealed when they turn 18.

I think that covers it.

Thank goodness for all involved that this happened in a private school. The market doesn’t tolerate this kind of crap even though the government does. And parents who have made the wise choice to keep their children out of the government system also won’t put up with this kind of crap even though (as shown clearly by the statistics of attendance) parents with kids in the government system obviously will. Of course this is only a pre-school, and statistics show that most of the other kids will end up in the government system eventually where their parents will have virtually NO say over how their children are treated or “educated.”


March 12th, 2013
6:59 pm

This will not surprise many of you but when I was in First Grade, I talked a lot. This was 1966. I got sent home with a note that said, ” ______ talks so much in class that we have put masking tape over her mouth. Please talk to her about this matter.” I still laugh at the insanity of it. You could never get away with that now and certainly would not send a not home about it!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

March 12th, 2013
7:46 pm

The private market can only operate if people find out about the incident — they can choose to go elsewhere if they are aware that it occurred.


March 13th, 2013
12:58 pm

Very proud of you TWG! Someone listened to their Econ professor back in the day.

“Full disclosure is required in a free market.”


March 13th, 2013
2:01 pm

FCM–which branch was it where you had such a good experience? My daughter, who has had the same sitter for almost 6 years (between the 2 grandchildren) is facing the woman going back to school (good for her!) but my grandson will be three. She had hoped to have one more year…


March 13th, 2013
2:06 pm

She would love it if she could find someone in the FB neighborhood of POP who would keep him before and after preschool. She had a very good experience with granddaughter going to POP last year.


March 13th, 2013
3:01 pm

Catlady where is she located? They have them in Suwanee, John’s Creek, Satellite amd Snellville.

My coworkers have had good luck with Primrose and Goddard. Although, those were too pricey for mine when I was looking. I do believe good daycare is worth every penny you spend. I also found that if most of the people working there send their kids to a different place, you do not want yours in that facility.


March 13th, 2013
3:18 pm

catlady….Satellite would be the closest to FB. (Sorry it took me a few to get that). I looked at the website…definately worth checking out. Also, I checked the one we were at, and the one over at Satellite is a fantastic school according to the owners of our school. The folks I was with know the director well and have had several folks who moved to their area from that school…and had nothing but nice things to say.

I would check out the Sattelite Blvd location if it were my child. :)


March 14th, 2013
9:00 am

She lives in Lawrenceville, but commutes to FB each day. Thank you for your suggestions! I am passing them on to her. She has been so happy with their care all these years, and never has had to use a center. God provided this lady at exactly the right time, and she has been a blessing for my grandchildren. I would love to see something so good happen again! Thanks again!