Mum, 37, ‘raging’ after Dundee playground assistant allegedly assaults pupil then makes homophobic comments

A mum says she is “raging” after a playground assistant at a Dundee school went unpunished by management despite allegedly assaulting a pupil then making homophobic comments to her son.

The mother — who we have chosen not to name to protect her son’s identity — says Clepington Primary upheld her complaint about the incident but that the only action taken was to offer “professional development, training, support and guidance” to the assistant.

The 37-year-old mum, from the Maryfield area, said the incident unfolded when two pupils were “play fighting” in the playground and the adult intervened, grabbing one of them and throwing him on to the ground.

She said: “My son’s friend asked him why he did it and he didn’t reply to him. But he turned to my son and said to him: ‘Are you just going to stand there while your friend says that?’

“Then he said to him: ‘You are going to get picked on at high school, you prefer boys to girls.’ It’s disgusting.

“I came home from work and I could see he wasn’t himself. He was worried and upset about something. I was gobsmacked when he told me.”

The woman said she was even more angry as no one from the school had contacted her about the incident.

She said: “I went into the school the next day and the headteacher assured me the assistant would not be in the same playground as my son. But he wasn’t suspended while an investigation was ongoing and he’s still there working just a few feet away from my son.

“She apologised for not calling me and said she had contacted the police and the social services, but they said it was not a criminal matter so they referred it back to the school. There was a full investigation by the deputy head and, after three to four days, I was told they were following procedures and he would be continuing to work.

“They told me my complaint was upheld but I said I wasn’t happy. I was disgusted at what happened and the way it was being handled. I contacted Dundee City Council and they said the same.

“It’s like he’s got away with it. I’m beyond furious. It’s very frustrating.

A Dundee City Council spokesman said: “It would not be appropriate to discuss individual personnel matters.”

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