child abuse

cruelty to save careers

A cover up. Abuse of children, calculated abuse of me, Mistreatment of me
In early 2000 I was doing morning playground duty at Princess of Wales Health Camp. There was a new Principal Barry Roberts(replacing Yvonne Evans) who had been there 2 weeks.
He asked one 8 year old small Maori boy to pick up litter.
The little boy told him"fuck off." loudly. Mr Roberts smiled and then without a moments hesitation he grabbed the boys left arm, pulled him towards himself and using both hands, grasped the boys right forearm and exerted counter rotating force with both hands twisting the boys skin in opposite directions and made the boy scream loudly from the pain. Then again without pause he, still holding the boys same arm tightly, jumped up into the air and when he came down he landed with both his feet on the boys left foot. Again the boy screamed in pain. He let the boy go. The boy ran away. Barry Roberts looked at me and smiled.
I was shocked. I was standing there with my mouth open. 'Fixed him', he said. I said, 'You can't do that.' He glowered at me and walked away from me.
I immediately went in the next break, the same day and told Mrs Julie Keaney everything. She listened, then as I told her what had happened and the boys name, she slowly got an expression on her face of a sneer and then without saying anything she raised both her arms and waved them at me to go away and said nothing. Her whole attitude and body language was of refusal to believe me. I went back to my class.
A day later I told Russell Hallam about it. 2 days later Barry Roberts was gone. The next day I was hounded and abused by Mrs Sullivan and Mrs Lyford in the playground, "Are you happy now Grant?' I had to run to the staffroom to escape.
2 weeks later I raised my voice to a 15 year old boy who had been taunting me for a week. Mrs Lyford and Mrs Sullivan reported me to Mrs Keaney. I was taken from my class and grilled for an hour by Mrs Keaney and Mr Jim McTamney. They kept trying to get me to agree that I was not able to cope with the children. I survived that false allegation by telling them the truth that I was ok and just raising my voice did not mean anything wrong.
Mrs Lyford became Acting Principal later. I had seen her tell a 10 year old boy to get out of the swimming pool. He got out extremely slowly. When he was out and standing by the side of the pool, she wet a large towel in the pool, twisted it so it was long and pointy, snuck up behind him and lashed it across his back. It left a red mark on his back. I told the Principal Yvonne Evans.
Mrs Sullivan was a teacher, maybe a volunteer.
Mrs Keaney was the governor as the BOT had been sacked/resigned.
Mr McTamney was head of the Rotorua Principals Association.
Mr Hallam was Head of the NZEI.
I was a class teacher of year 1 to 3 children. There is more instances of my reporting child abuse and being punished.

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