A Staten Island first grader was tossed out of her private school after she suffered a gash to her head in the classroom—and mom pointed out her safety concerns.
It all happened at St. John Villa Academy last week. What’s worse, with no school nurse on hand the front office personnel cleaned up the bleeding cut with a Clorox wipe.
Little Ksenya told us about the scary morning in class. “I was crying. I could not stop because it was so painful.” The little girl described how she was walking to the trash can in her classroom, and when she bent down to toss away her papers, her head bumped into a sharp corner on a shelf and started bleeding.
Her mom Anastasia Strelyayeva demanded an accident report. The school complied and then trumped her with a dismissal letter days later, saying attendance is by “invitation” only, and that her little girl’s had been revoked. “They throw a six year old child in the street because she bump her head. They broke my heart and they broke my daughter’s heart.”
We brought the allegations to the school. And while the nuns initially told us they wouldn’t speak on camera about any specifics, they shared a blanket statement they had prepared.
“I deny the accusations that St. John Villa Academy is unsafe,” said the school’s president, Sister Anita Gramer.
Ksenya’s parents have now moved her to another Catholic elementary school on Staten Island, but are now forced to dole out 30% more– an extra 2,000 dollars–in tuition. While St. John’s refunded half a year’s tuition, they have not returned the registration fees or her uniform costs, which are substantial.