Lake Illawarra police are investigating claims of teacher-on-student assaults at a school in the Illawarra’s south, following a complaint from an outspoken parent.
The parent took to social media earlier this week and – in a move said to have caused distress at the school – named a teacher she accused of assaulting her daughter.
The woman alleged the same teacher assaulted another two other students, including a foster child and a Year 7 child who was “grabbed … around the neck”.
In a post that has since been removed, the woman said she had taken her claims to the school’s principal but was told ‘no formal complaint had been made’.
“I’m going to get the police report and the reports from DOCs … I’ll also give a copy to the parents and let them know it’s not the first or second assault that has happened by this same teacher,” the woman wrote.
The claims were shared hundreds of times on Facebook before a school representative contacted the woman’s partner to ask that the post be deleted.
“[The representative said] the teachers involved with this are very upset about it,” the woman wrote.
“How do you think me (sic) daughter felt when she assaulted her.”
A NSW Police spokeswoman confirmed police had received a complaint about the matter.
“We can confirm an investigation is underway but as it's an ongoing investigation we won't be able to provide comment,” she said.
The NSW Department of Education would not answer the Mercury’s questions about the claims.
“This matter is currently being investigated by NSW Police,” a spokeswoman said.
“It is inappropriate for the Department of Education to comment at this time.”