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Investigation continuing into Centerpointe Christian Preschool ex-teacher's photo of bound 2-year-old

Original post made on Mar 15, 2013

The Centerpointe Christian Preschool in Pleasanton is closed until Wednesday for staff to get extra training and for management to review procedures after after it was discovered that a teacher bound a 2-year-old with masking tape.

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Comments (11)

Posted by Chemist, a resident of Downtown
on Mar 15, 2013 at 9:52 am

This preschool needs to have a better quality control system, and all indications say that the church is going to make sure that it happens. The community needs these daycare services, so I am hoping that Centerpointe can overcome these problems and move on to continue their past history of excellent service.


Posted by Sal, a resident of Downtown
on Mar 15, 2013 at 10:11 am

Will Tim Hunt,our favorite right-wing advocate and Centerpointe spokesman, be involved in the training or will he be busy typing up his next anti-union article?


Posted by Question, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 15, 2013 at 10:42 am

Will Centrepoint be filing a complaint to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing on the ex-Director they hired so that this person's Child Development Program Director Permit can be revoked?


Posted by Susie, a resident of Country Fair
on Mar 15, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Wow! Does the DSS visit all 10,523 preschools this frequently? Sort of sounds like a vendetta to me. We all want the little children safe, and we also want all the preschools to be treated equally. Although I know absolutely nothing about this program, I agree that they need to do whatever is necessary to assure the parents their children are cared for safely.


Posted by Freddie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Like I say, if I had a child in the program, I'd whisk it up in my arms and run away without ever looking back.

That this occurred, to the point that the alleged offender actually felt confident about showing photos to other staff, indicates a polluted culture, through and through. It was only because one of the staff was a parent that event(s) came to light. What else is hiding beneath the carpet is anyone's guess. I wouldn't put my child into such a situation based upon a guess.


Posted by Christa, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 15, 2013 at 1:41 pm

The teachers at Centerpointe are caring, experienced, trustworthy, and mature people. It really is sad that this bizarre incident with one teacher is so damaging to the reputation of the school. Honestly, the culture is not "polluted.", and that infers that the remaining teachers (most who have been there since the beginning) are somehow polluted. Having had 3 kids go through the program there and knowing and loving so many of the teachers this makes me really sad. Yes, in recent months there have been grievances with the director (now gone) and church management. Changes need to happen there. Yes, a few of the original teachers hired by the first director, who was great, have left. The staff that remains is so dedicated though. The classrooms themselves with the regular teachers who remain (Angela didn't even have her own classroom, she went around and helped out) are safe and the children there thrive.


Posted by Freddie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 15, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Very nice. Very wishful. I feel soooo much better now. Not.

Please stop with the efforts to sugarcoat a very serious problem. Though your efforts shouldn't be surprising, they do get tiresome, in addition to being dangerous.

The place should be shut down until it is thoroughly investigated by the state.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Mar 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm

The person responsible for harming the child needs to be very carefully examined. She is quite possibly mentally ill and a criminal.


Posted by Christa, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 15, 2013 at 3:34 pm

The authorities have been there and have not shut it down, nor has there been any further investigation beyond what is happening with the one teacher. Oh wait, I guess they need to talk to , "Freddie " about it since he's the authority on the subject. Maybe you should call them up and let them know.
Cholo, agreed, and she is being investigated though not charged with anything yet.


Posted by this is just the tip of the iceberg, a resident of Mission Park
on Mar 16, 2013 at 7:58 am

i went through the school system here. this is nothing compared to what i went through in these schools. and i would like to start by saying something positive first, my kids who are all currently enrolled in the pleasanton school district are told how to handle abusive teachers. that doesnt mean anything gets done buy the district / school when notified by a child or parent. this is however NOT the case with HEARST ELEMENTARY and the PRINCIPAL MR. MICHAEL KUHFAL. WOW, this man was an amazing experience. if your child is fortunate enough to go to school under MR. KUHFALs managment, consider yourself very, very blessed. this is a man of honor, integrity, and goodness whos hands never seem to be tied when it comes to doing the right thing. thank you sir, for everything over the years.
now for some unpleasantness ( no pun intended, well maybe ) anyway when i grew up here no one gave two cents about how the teachers acted or the kids being abused. in fourth grade, "you know how young that is"? at WALNUT GROVE SCHOOL i was punched full force in the stomach, to the point of having the wind knocked out of me, and as i laid there gasping for air, crying the teacher MRS. A was standing over me screaming and pointing at me in front of the whole class, demeaning me. this all happened 15 min before pictures were taken at school that day. she was known for throwing things at students, staplers, hard wooden erasers, and even chairs. she was a complete fool and a liability for the school. probably a good thing for the district she was met with a premature death at a very young age, probably due to a rage problem. in seventh grade at HARVEST PARK SCHOOL the so called teacher MR. L was a drunk child abuser who came to school for no other reason than to be abusive to minor children. this guy would start off buy being verbaly abusive to students and as the alcohol continued to flow the abuse would turn to physical confrontations. many, many times he would dig the heels of his cowboy boots into you hand as you sat on the floor or use the pointed toe to kick you in the leg or side of your body he would come up behind you and jam something in your back and make crude warnings about things i cant mention here. worst part is these teachers actions were brought to the attention of others and nothing was done. at some point, some years later MR.L got caught and was finally removed. think he continued to teach somewhere else, livermore maybe, thats where he was from. i have countless other stories of abuse, all levels of abuse from pleasanton teachers.
so when your kids say something isnt right, listen to them ESPECIALY IN PLEASANTON, WHEN I SAY YOUR KIDS i dont mean just parents, i am talking about administrators, these are your kids too. stop seeing only the abuse your required to see, do the right thing. i know there are still plenty of things that are met with a broom in this school district, but maybe things are changing.


Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Mar 16, 2013 at 11:59 pm

It seems that a section on child safety needs to be incorporated into the program. Each of the violations cited involves a situation that no school administrator of teacher should fail to notice or prevent.

Mike


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