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Wigan Council Investigates After Claims Pupils At Leigh CE Junior School Were Put In a Store Cupboard

'To be punished for having a disability is despicable.'

12/04/2016 21:33 | Updated 12 April 2016

An investigation has been launched into claims that pupils were put in a store cupboard by a member of staff at school.

Wigan Council is looking into the allegations made against a member of staff at Leigh CE Junior School in Greater Manchester.

It comes after allegations were made that children we made to stand in a cupboard, the Press Association reports.

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An investigation has been launched after claims that pupils were put in a store cupboard by a member of staff at school (file image).

One parent said that she was contacted by a social worker after her 11-year-old son was banished to the cupboard.

Victoria Francis told the Manchester Evening News that her son Nathan, who has dyspraxia, had been left for more than an hour.

She said that she was “disgusted”, adding: “Nathan suffers from dyspraxia and told me he was put in there for not writing as quickly as the rest of his class.

"To be punished for having a disability is despicable.

“The member of staff was apparently making them stand inside the cupboard, which Nathan says has a window, on their own and then shutting the door.”

A spokeswoman for Wigan Council said that a meeting was taking place on Tuesday following the school’s half-term break.

James Winterbottom, director for children’s services at Wigan Council, said: “We have been made aware of allegations and are working with the school and police on the matter and will keep parents appropriately informed throughout the process.”

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