Posted by: Worried Mom | 2008/08/01


Child Strangulation in Day Care

I need some urgent help please.

Yesterday was 4 year old son was choked in school by an older child (about 5/6). He didn' t lose consciousness as I was able to stop it in time. He did have a head ache for the rest of the night and didn' t sleep well.

What damage could have been done (other than death). The school only gave the other child a time out and didn' t even bother to tell that child' s parents of his actions.

I need the school know that choking is dangerous and serious and show them why.

Legally, is there anything I can do? I think this is bordering on child abuse if they don' t take this matter further. The next time they might not see this behavior (as they didn' t this time ether) and a child could be killed or end up with brain damage due to oxygen deprivation.

Please advise.

Expert's Reply



This is a very serious issue and the school had better take notice of this event.You need to arrange an urgent appointment with the principal teacher. You also need to have your child seen by his doctor to make quite sure that no damage has been caused to his neck especially to the soft cartilage structures such as his larynx and trachea. If he would have lost conciousness it would have meant that his brain was momentarily deprived of oxygenated blood which you can fortunately say did not happen. Your paediatrician should notify the social services in your area of this incident .

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Posted by: Worried Mom | 2008/08/06

Thank you.

The school is still not doing anything about this incident. I am taking the matter further.

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