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Kindergarten worker 'forced kids to eat vomit'

The Local · 26 Oct 2012, 15:59

Published: 26 Oct 2012 15:59 GMT+02:00

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The unnamed 29-year-old was working at a Catholic kindergarten in North Rhine-Westphalia, where she is suspected of abusing children both psychologically and physically, Die Welt daily said on Friday.

The mother of a pupil told the Bild newspaper that her son watched as his friend was force-fed vomit with a spoon. Others said that she would force her pupils to strip and stand, naked, in a corner of the classroom for an hour.

Yet parents were not told about the woman's behaviour, nor the fact that she had been suspended. “We realise that that was a mistake,” said Father Christian Gröne, of the kindergarten. “But we were speechless, and overwhelmed by the horrible details,” he added.

“This woman will never set foot in another kindergarten,” he told Bild.

The children are said to be exhausted and terrified, and the Herne-based kindergarten is currently deciding how to proceed.

It has not been decided whether they should stay open and try to put the incident behind them, or whether the centre should shut. It is thought that a colleague reported her, but it is unclear how long staff were aware of what was going on.

The charges have not yet been confirmed and the case is currently be investigated.

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16:45 October 26, 2012 by lordkorner
Like all things Catholic, cover it up and it might go away
17:15 October 26, 2012 by zameenzad
what about hundreds of other kindergartens? is there any check on them? Do thse teacher go through psychological fitness test?
17:39 October 26, 2012 by IchBinKönig
Like all things involving Teachers, cover it up and it might go away.
19:01 October 26, 2012 by raandy
There was no child that informed their parents of what they saw, heard or observed in this draconian kindergarten? Hard to believe this, possibly the victim child could be convinced and scared enough to remain silent but doubtful other children would.

I hope they lock this women up for a long time.
20:04 October 26, 2012 by Englishted
The main problem with this story is the fact that in 2012 Germany still has not escaped from the church running education .

Surely it is time to separate the church and state.

Lets give secularism a go ,and religion if you want it in your own time on your own premises.
21:34 October 26, 2012 by The-ex-pat
More details emerged on Friday about a German kindergarten teacher who is THOUGHT to have locked children in cupboards and forced them to eat vomit.

Seems like she has been convicted on rumour and not fact. As abhorrent as the "charges" are, conviction by rumour and press reports seems to be the norm in Germany today. "The charges have not yet been confirmed and the case is currently be investigated.", but as far as the Catholic Church is concerned it is an open and closed book. Shame that they are not so decisive about kiddy fiddling priests.
22:13 October 26, 2012 by lenny van
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07:01 October 27, 2012 by MattyB
20:04 October 26, 2012 by Englishted

What does that have to do with anything? I know in America we have far more teachers raping/sexually abusing children than we ever will priests or preachers. You can hardly pick up a US paper these days without stumbling across a story of a teacher having sex with a student, or sexually abusing students.

We had more than one from my own high school growing up that got caught, and had one scumbag leave his wife of over 10 years (just after they had their first child too) to run off with some 18 year old senior.
08:48 October 27, 2012 by Englishted
I still think it is wrong for ANY religious organisation to run what should be state run.

"Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man". the Jesuits.

"Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted." Vladimir Lenin

Maybe it is not the right article but the church has a poor record on discloser I think you will agree.


If mine was off the subject ,then please rearrange this phrase :

Pot Kettle black calling the.
19:23 October 27, 2012 by pjnt
The church runs kindergartens to brainwash the kids. I pulled mine out of a kindergarten in Germany for this very reason. It was exactly the type of behaviour the west is trying to stereotype muslims into but it was the RC church.

Religion should have no place in education or politics. Period.
10:04 October 28, 2012 by MaKo
The appearance that more parents weren't aware of what was happening is very strange. One would hope that all parents would make an effort to keep the lines of communication with their children open. It's a terrible story; my heart goes out to the children.

A problem teacher is not endemic in the Catholic-run Kindergartens. My kids both went to the church-run Kindergarten in our village, and it was a very positive and nurturing place. You know what else? It was great for my Muslim neighbor's daughter, too. She was happy there, as were her older siblings, and the family was an active part of the Kindergarten community. But we are a bit more 'multi-culti' here than our seemingly homogeneous exterior would lead you to believe.

The Catholic Kindergarten is not involved in "brainwashing." The events of the Bible are presented in a gentle manner, and the kids are familiarized with cultural traditions throughout the year. And what's so terrible about teaching kids the story of St. Martin, for example? He has a vision of Jesus and shares his wealth with the poor. Moreover, there are countless towns and churches named for him and works of art featuring him - best to know the story behind it, right? That's part of an education, too.
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