A Jewish school in Manchester was under investigation by social services over allegations that pupils have been mentally abused. Concerned parents sought action from the school after it was alleged that staff members had victimized young pupils in front of their classmates. On one occasion a teacher is alleged to have told a child he had no future in life and that if he were in his place he would have committed suicide.
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- School 'Mental Abuse' Probe (07/03/2003)
- Abuse Probe Fizzles (08/07/2003)
School 'Mental Abuse' Probe
by Alex Sholem
TotallyJewish.com - July 3, 2003
A Jewish school in Manchester is under investigation by social services over allegations that pupils have been mentally abused.
Concerned parents sought action from the school after it was alleged that staff members had victimised young pupils in front of their classmates.
On one occasion a teacher is alleged to have told a child he had no future in life and that if he were in his place he would have committed suicide. In a separate incident a teacher is accused of ordering a child to draw pictures of frightening creatures he called "harmful angels." He then told the child that if he disrupted the class, the creatures would destroy him.
According to one source, parents who confronted the teacher involved in the alleged incidents saw their concerns allegedly greeted with threats and misleading statements.
A spokesperson for Manchester social services said: "We can confirm that an investigation is taking place concerning allegations at a school. We would not wish to identify the focus of that investigation at this stage."
Abuse Probe Fizzles
by Alex Sholem - Aug 7, 2003
Social services this week said they would not be undertaking any further investigations into alleged abuse at a Jewish school in Manchester.
The school, which cannot be named for legal reasons, came under the spotlight last month after information was passed on to the police concerning allegations that teachers at the school had mentally abused young pupils in front of their classmates.
But a spokesman for Manchester social services said: "The child protection unit has interviewed the source of the allegations and they've found there's no allegations that can be substantiated, so there will be no active investigation taking place at this time."
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