Boy, 10, who was ‘punched by teacher’ left ‘traumatised and quiet’, says his dad

Charles Etumnu says his son, 10, was crying after he was allegedly attacked by his teacher at school (Picture: Charles Etumnu/Google)

A 10-year-old boy who was allegedly attacked by his teacher at a primary school in London has been left ‘traumatised’ by the incident, according to his dad.

Charles Etumnu claims his son was ‘pushed, pulled and punched’ by a member of staff at Christ the King Primary School in Islington on November 10 and had to be taken to A&E for treatment.

The school’s chair of governors, James Potts, confirmed a teacher had been suspended, while the Met Police said it is currently investigating an assault on a pupil.

‘My son is traumatised,’ Mr Etumnu told ‘He’s quieter now. We try to do things so he’s not thinking about what happened to him.

‘But there’s nothing I can do and I don’t know how he’s going to be looking at things now because he’s got something bad that’s happened to him.’

The 46-year-old, who lives with his wife and three children in Islington, said they are allowing their son more distractions to ‘take his mind off’ what happened, such as playing on the computer.

‘I don’t want to stop him doing something because then it makes him sober and he starts going back to what happened to him,’ he said.

Mr Etumnu says his son has been left traumatised by the alleged incident (Picture: Charles Etumnu)

Recounting what happened, Mr Etumnu said his son was ‘crying’ after the incident and told him: ‘Whatever they said is not true. This teacher assaulted me. This teacher punched me. 

‘This teacher pulled me from the stairs where I was standing. I was standing on the stairs in the playground watching one other kid that had got into trouble.’

Mr Etumnu said all of his son’s attention was on his friend when he felt a ‘strong push in the back that put him off balance’.

‘Then he regained balance and said to the teacher “don’t push me”,’ Mr Etumnu said.

‘Other kids were there, they witnessed it all. There was one support teacher that was there that witnessed the whole build up from beginning to end. 

‘The teacher pushed my son. My son came back and said “don’t touch me”. And then they continued pushing him and confined him to a very limited space and started punching him. 

‘So my son tried to fend the teacher off before other teachers came around and then pulled them off my son. 

‘My my son was crying. They took my son to the office and sat him down there until my wife came to the school.’

A teacher has been supspended by Christ The King Primary School in Islington, north London (Picture: Google)

After leaving the school, the ‘shocked’ boy was complaining about ‘chest and neck pains’ so his mother took him to A&E to be checked over.

The school initially suspended the young boy following the incident but has since revoked it after ‘new information came to light from a member of staff who witnessed the incident including the build up to it’.

In a letter sent to the boy’s parents, which has been seen by, the school apologised for the ‘distress’ the incident has caused.

Headteacher John Lane wrote: ‘When I received a more detailed account from a supply teacher, who I wasn’t aware had witnessed the incident in its totality, I rescinded my decision. 

‘Although a member of staff was injured the matter could and should have been handled differently.

‘I have reported the matter to Islington Council’s Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) who will advise if there are any further steps the school should take.’

Despite the suspension being rescinded, Mr Etumnu took all three of his children out of the school immediately and they were kept at home for three weeks.

Two new schools have now been found for the kids but their dad is furious at how the situation has been handled by Christ the King and the way their son was accused of being the aggressor – and that he injured a teacher.

‘They made a lot of accusations,’ he said. ‘My wife argued that it was a lie. That’s not her son. She knows her son and her son cannot do that.

‘This accusation is like one you would make about a 25-year-old, not a 10-year-old boy. My son has never had any issues at school before.’

Mr Etumnu said Mr Lane had tried to call after withdrawing the suspension and left a voice message to say their son could return to school.

‘But I had already made a decision that I have to take my children out of the school,’ he said. 

‘It’s not up to the standard that I expect and I said to my wife that we have to stop our three children going back. We had to look for another school.’

Mr Potts, the school’s chair of governors, said: ‘An allegation was made about an incident at the school in November.

‘As soon as the allegation was made, we took the matter extremely seriously and took all appropriate actions. A member of staff was suspended at the time, pending a full investigation.

‘We are working closely with the Metropolitan Police, Islington Council and the Diocese of Westminster.

‘As part of our continued partnership with parents, carers and the wider community, we take the safety and well-being of our pupils extremely seriously, and are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all.

‘It would be inappropriate to comment further whilst an investigation is ongoing.’

A Met Police spokesperson said: ‘Police were contacted on Friday, 10 November following a report that a ten-year-old pupil had been assaulted by a member of staff at a school in Tollington Park, N4.

‘There were no reports of any serious injuries. Safeguarding children remains our priority and we treat such allegations very seriously.

‘Those involved in this incident, along with several witnesses, are being spoken with and the investigation is ongoing.

‘We are working with partners, including the local authority and the school, to progress this matter as swiftly as possible.’

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