Aug 22, 2007

Hoover 2-year-old back at school after incident

(Pelham, Ala.) Nicholas H, the 2-year-old Hoover resident who completed a one-day suspension from daycare earlier this week, was back at school yesterday.

Nicholas started the day strong, with no reported incidents through the 9:00 hour. However, shortly after 10:00 a.m., during outdoor play, teachers witnessed a disturbance on the playground. Nicholas approached a male classmate and asked him to give up his bike. The child refused, at which time Nicholas allegedly bit the child on the shoulder, breaking the skin and necessitating both a call to the injured child's parent and a formal incident report in triplicate.

According to Center Director Cheryl W, Nicholas was immediately remanded to her custody, where he remained while she reviewed disciplinary options by phone with Katherine H, the delinquent's mother. While this second serious offense would normally require a three-day suspension from the center, Cheryl was reluctant to mete out this punishment, since Nicholas said, "I want to go home."

Rather than reward him with his preference, she and Mrs. H decided to let him serve time with Cheryl in her office, a windowless area in the center of the building. She allowed Nicholas to return to his classroom for lunch and naptime, during and after which there were no further incidents.

Cheryl has recommended that Nicholas be separated in some way from fellow troublemaker Seth B and that he spend several days at another local daycare if additional violent incidents occur. For now, however, she is allowing Nicholas to remain in Pelham.

The H family could not be reached for comment today.

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