‘It in­fu­ri­ates me’

Mother upset daugh­ter one of Glace Bay ele­men­tary stu­dents locked in lunch room

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY NIKKI SUL­LI­VAN

Jan Brewer feels like she’s fail­ing her eight-year-old daugh­ter, who she says has been trau­ma­tized by an al­leged in­ci­dent at John Bernard Croak Vic­to­ria Cross Me­mo­rial School.

Brewer said her daugh­ter, Sunni Brewer, was one of about 100 stu­dents at the ele­men­tary school who were locked in the lunch room by a lunch su­per­vi­sor on Nov. 28. Ac­cord­ing to Brewer, the stu­dents were in Grade 2 to Grade 5.

While locked in the room, Brewer said Sunni, who has dys­lexia, raised her hand, asked to go to the bath­room and was yelled at by the su­per­vi­sor who al­legedly called her “stupid.”

Brewer said she and a num­ber of other par­ents spoke to school of­fi­cials and gave state­ments about the al­leged in­ci­dent. She said some stu­dents also gave state­ments and all state­ments were given to the Cape Bre­ton-Vic­to­ria Re­gional Cen­tre for Ed­u­ca­tion. But the su­per­vi­sor is still at the school and Brewer thinks this isn’t right.

“Sunni is just re­ally trau­ma­tized from be­ing called stupid and be­ing told she was locked in and not al­lowed out … I don’t think some­one who ver­bally abused a child should be work­ing at an ele­men­tary school,” she told the Post.

“I just feel like I failed Sunni… She came to me and I told her I would make sure that it never hap­pened again. Then she still has to see this (per­son) work­ing there ev­ery day.”

Since the in­ci­dent, Brewer said Sunni is too afraid to eat in the lunch room so she and an­other stu­dent eat in a dif­fer­ent room. Brewer also said she be­lieves teach­ers are now in the lunch room with the lunch su­per­vi­sor.

“It in­fu­ri­ates me. It’s not OK,” said Brewer who lives in Donkin with her hus­band and two daugh­ters.

“My child has a learn­ing dis­abil­ity. Her be­ing called stupid has more im­pact than that

(lunch su­per­vi­sor) can even re­al­ize.”

The cen­tre for ed­u­ca­tion con­firmed they are aware of the al­leged in­ci­dent but are un­able to com­ment fur­ther be­cause “this is a per­son­nel is­sue.”

“The Cape Bre­ton-Vic­to­ria Re­gional Cen­tre for Ed­u­ca­tion is tak­ing the mat­ter se­ri­ously and is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the al­le­ga­tion. We are com­mit­ted to the safety and well-be­ing of all our stu­dents,” said spokesper­son Michelle MacLeod via email.

Brewer said she had an ap­point­ment with her lawyer on Dec. 5 to see what ac­tion she can take if noth­ing is done about the al­leged in­ci­dent.

The Glace Bay na­tive has also re­ceived a num­ber of “nasty emails” since go­ing pub­lic about her con­cerns but they won’t stop her.

“I don’t care. It’s my daugh­ter. She’s my ev­ery­thing. My life is my two lit­tle girls.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Jan Brewer and her eight-year-old daugh­ter Sunni Brewer in a photo taken ear­lier this year. Brewer is upset Sunni and about 100 stu­dents at John Bernard Croak Ele­men­tary School were al­legedly locked in the lunch room on Nov. 28. Brewer also said Sunni, who has dys­lexia, was called stupid by the su­per­vi­sor and is trau­ma­tized.

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