A FATHER claims his seven-year-old son was partly undressed and frisksearched in front of classmates.
He says he is left with no faith in the education system after the school displayed a 'dismissive attitude' following his complaint of inappropriate behaviour.
Gary Penney alleges a boy told Blacon Hall Junior School teacher Maureen Mitchell that his son James had stolen a die.
He said: 'She made him come to the front of the class. She took his shoes off, lifted his jumper off and patted him down like the police do, then she made him turn all his pockets out.
'He was emotionally and physically abused by his teacher in front of his class. The headmaster didn't want to know. The chair of governors has washed his hands of the situation.'
Through his secretary, headmaster Nigel Campbell said he did not comment on individual cases.
A county council spokesman said: 'We're aware of the allegations and they are being investigated. The school did investigate his complaints and Mr Penney has been offered more than two appointments to discuss the issue. We are informed the school believes his allegations are unsubstantiated.'
Five weeks after the alleged incident Mr Penney, 33, of Highfield Road, Blacon, says he is still waiting for the school to deal with his complaint.
Following a letter from Mr Penney, chair of governors Peter Hunt said the school had a 'set procedure' for dealing with complaints, involving a meeting with the headteacher.
After James told his father about the incident Mr Penney went in the following morning and spoke to James's teacher and Mrs Mitchell.
He went to Mr Campbell's office to complain and waited outside. 'He came out, didn't stop, made no eye contact and said 'I'm not going to deal with it now Mr Penney, I'll investigate and I'll get back to you at a convenient time'.
Mr Penney, a student mental health nurse, said following the incident his son was 'just down, not playing for days.'
'I have got no faith in the education system, in the protection of my children and of teachers.
'I want to make the school listen. They can't not listen to a parent.'