Mother Attacks Girl over Haircut Prank; Child Is Bruised after Being Grabbed in School Playground

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Mother Attacks Girl over Haircut Prank; Child Is Bruised after Being Grabbed in School Playground


Byline: ROBIN YAPP

IT started as a childish prank when little Annis Taylor and a school friend decided to play at hairdressing and cut each other's hair.

But her friend's mother Linda Parker was furious by the results of the children's Saturday game at Annis's home.

And when the girls returned to school two days later, she took revenge for the few inches trimmed from her daughter's hair.

Spotting five-year-old Annis sitting with her mother Helen Walker in a shelter in the playground, Miss Parker grabbed Annis and flung her against the shelter. The child was left with a headache and a badly bruised arm.

Miss Parker, a 42-year-old housewife, was arrested and cautioned for common assault.

But Miss Walker, a 42-year-old former investment banker, was shocked when the governors of Hartlip Church of England school near Sittingbourne, Kent, refused to take further action.

Miss Walker, of Newington, near Sittingbourne, said: 'It was just a childhood prank. I was angry at first but spoke to Lin on the phone and said, "Are you angry at me?"

and she said, "Absolutely not". But by Monday morning, everything changed.

Miss Walker said: 'She (Miss Parker) barged into the shelter and got hold of my daughter's arm, swung her around and lifted her off the ground. She swore at her, called her a brat, then flung her against the shelter bench, hitting her head.

'Annis has had nightmares and has been waking up screaming and vomiting.'

Other parents joined Miss Walker and Annis's father Paul Taylor, 42, in calling for Miss Parker to be banned from the playground until 'everything can get back to normal. …

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