A mother is furious after a teacher at a day-care facility her five-year-old son attended, scrubbed a temporary Chuck E. Cheese tattoo from his face using harsh chemicals which left him burned and scarred.
Heidi Dietrich, from Washington, said she was shocked and appalled when she arrived at Silverdale Kinder-Care center to see the teacher had tried to scrub the tattoo off her son”s face with cleaning products so he could pose for a school photo.
She told the Orlando Sentinel: “He had swollen marks all over his face and there were white pieces where it was like a blister.”
Mother: Heidi Dietrich has taken her son from the daycare center and reported the matter to police
Her son, Silas Gholston, was sporting a large burn on his right cheek the day after the incident.
Instead of using soap and water, a dry eraser filled with cleaning chemical was used to clean it off. Silas then had his picture taken.
Ms Dietrich said: “I just couldn”t imagine what he was going through, and what he felt when he was scrubbing over and over and over.”
The teacher has since been sacked.
She said her son still wakes up crying because the burn is painful when he lies down on his pillow and he will likely be scarred for life.
Silverdale Kinder-Care Centre released a statement saying: “The teacher involved no longer works for Kinder-Care. This kind of behavior is unacceptable”
Scar: Silas Gholston, five, has been left with a burn mark on his face after a teacher tried to scrub off a tattoo
On Tuesday, Silverdale Kinder-Care released the following statement: “We can confirm that one of our teachers improperly used a cleaning product to remove a temporary tattoo from a child”s face.
“As soon as center management was aware of the situation, they reported it to both state licensing and Child Protective Services. These agencies are conducting an investigation.
“The teacher involved no longer works for Kinder-Care. This kind of behavior is unacceptable.”
Silas has now been removed from the center and his mother has filed a police report.