A staff member at a London nursery has been suspended after a 2-year-old girl had her hair shaved off by a 3-year-old boy during a hairdressing role-playing session.
The incident occurred earlier this month at Destiny Kids Nursery in Battersea, south west London. Julie Muir, 34, was picking up her daughter, Helena, and immediately noticed that something was wrong.
“A huge chunk of her hair was missing,” Muir told the Daily Mirror. “I was so angry I couldn’t speak.”
Surveillance cameras captured the moment a 3-year-old boy ran an electric razor twice over Helena’s head. Staff said they didn’t notice because the little girl did not cry, the Daily Mirror reported.
Muir said the electric razor was “dirty, disgusting and full of hair.” She was told that staff let the kids play with a real razor to “enhance the experience” of the hairdressing day.
“It’s incredible to think children of that age were allowed to play with something so dangerous,” Muir added.
Benedicta Kwakuyi, the boss of the nursery, claimed the teacher did not realize the razor had batteries in it.
Wandsworth Council child protection officers are currently investigating the matter.
Muir told ITV News that the nursery did not handle the situation in a professional manner. She said they have not updated her on anything regarding the incident.
She added that the situation could have been far worse considering that the clippers had sharp edges and were in the hands of children.
Destiny Kids Nursery issued the following statement: “We have apologised [sic] profusely and fully accept what happened was wrong. A member of staff has been suspended.”
Photo Credit: Facebook/Julie Muir via ITV News