Hong Kong kindergarten head accused of rough handling of pupil

Case centres on principal of Po Leung Kuk Chu Lee Yuet Wah Kindergarten cum Nursery in Causeway Bay.

A principal at a kindergarten under one of Hong Kong’s largest charities has been suspended from duty over complaints about rough handling of an emotional pupil.

The Po Leung Kuk charity was on Wednesday helping with police investigations into the case, after its spokesman on Tuesday night said it was earlier alerted by the Social Welfare Department.

The allegations centre on the head of Po Leung Kuk Chu Lee Yuet Wah Kindergarten cum Nursery in Causeway Bay and a K3 pupil.

The spokesman said after reviewing security footage, the charity found the principal had forcibly pulled the pupil once or twice in an incident on February 9.

The organisation then alerted police and suspended the principal.

“Regarding the incident, the kuk will also keep close contact with the Social Welfare Department and the Education Bureau,” the spokesman said, adding it would cooperate with police’s investigation.

The charity also said it was very concerned about the incident and had zero tolerance for any inappropriate behaviour in childcare services.

It added it had always reminded staff of ethics in handling children and there were guidelines for workers to follow.

The case marked the second such report relating to the charity’s childcare services in a week.

On Thursday, police launched an investigation into alleged mistreatment at one of the organisation’s care homes on Leighton Road in Happy Valley, where a primary one boy was said to have been forced to shower with cold water. No arrests were made.