Lying principal at Helensville primary school now national news

On Thursday, Whaleoil said there was more to come in the story behind this YouTube video. Stuff?s lead story today reveals more: Quote:

An upset over a 9-year-old boy who didn’t eat his school lunch has led to an attempted court injunction, a boycott of a school camp and a social media protest campaign.

The improbable series of events started in February when a father picked up his son, 9, from a West Auckland school.

The boy hadn’t eaten his lunch, so his dad told him he could not have afternoon tea.

Tears ensued and a fellow parent then intervened, accusing the dad of abusing his child.

The other man laid a complaint with Oranga Tamariki. The child welfare agency followed up, but decided there was no cause for any action.

Stuff has chosen not to identify the family for legal reasons. End quote.

What we now know from this story is that a child was told they wouldn?t be getting afternoon tea because they hadn?t eaten their lunch and responded as if the world was ending. Quote:

“As 9-year-olds tend to do, he packed a bit of a sad.

“I had heard him blubbing so I reached out to him and put my hand on top of his head and turned his face towards me so I could see, and sure enough he’s crying,” the father said.

He said a fellow parent saw the incident, got out of his car and approached the window, saying he had seen the dad hit his son.

A heated argument developed and the man made the child abuse complaint with Oranga Tamariki, the dad said.

?I was having a heart-to-heart with my son about not making things into a big deal when a large, uniformed man exited his work vehicle and began a tirade of threats, while yelling and swearing at me in front of my four young children,? Mr Cunliffe said.

?When he began to walk back to his vehicle, I called out to him that he couldn?t just accuse me of child abuse and not check that the child was ok. When he got back into his work vehicle, I called out again that he really shouldn?t just drive off if he thought I had done something sinister to a child. He then stuck his arm out the window, raised his middle finger, and drove off.??End quote.?End quote.

Regan waited until the Oranga Tamariki case had been closed before laying a complaint with the police and then approached both the man, and his employer, to make right.

?I called the man at his work to give him the opportunity to apologise and admit he got it wrong. When I asked him why he didn?t check on the child he had accused me of abusing, his response was that he was ?kinda over it?.

?He also went on to say ?I?m not saying what you did is what you did?.

The man?s employer said that they were sorry that that behaviour had been witnessed and that he had spoken like that while driving a company vehicle.

?I told the school from the outset that I didn?t want any conflict for either myself or the school and that if the other parent had put his name forward for camp, then I would simply remove my offer of help to prevent any.? Mr Cunliffe said.

?It wasn?t until Eli revealed to us that he had been deeply affected by what this man had done that we requested a meeting with the Principal to sort it out. We assumed it would be a very simple decision for her to not have the other parent on camp for the best interest and well-being of a child under the school?s care.?

Eli’s mother, Rachel Cunliffe, said: “Ultimately, the question we want answered is,?does a child have the right to feel safe while they are in the care of the state?” Quote:

The other parent did not want to comment when approached.

The principal also did not return a request for comment.?End quote.

What are they hiding?

This story broke first on Whaleoil, we’ve followed this closely.

There is more to come.