"This has caused our daughter, our youngest child, a great deal of distress."
Ambulance services rushed a four-year-old girl, identified as Ayesha Khan, to hospital after she became badly wounded by a scissor attack. The severity of her wounds required a two-hour operation.
The incident took place at Westminster Primary School, Barkerend in March 2017. Hospital staff operated on the girl a day after the attack.
The parents of the four-year-old girl expressed their concerns about the effect the attack left on Ayesha. They explained how the scissor attack began.
Her mother, Danika Banks, said: “A boy stabbed her in the hand with the scissors. The school called us in and we took her straight to hospital. We went back in the next morning and they said she needed to go to theatre for a ten-minute operation.
“That stretched into two hours and I was beside myself with worry and pacing the ward. I thought something had gone wrong. The doctors said they had to repair a tendon in her index finger.
The four-year-old girl’s mother also revealed the impact of the event. She said:
“She has to be in a cast for two weeks and then they will organise physiotherapy. The doctors have said she may not be able to use her finger properly.
“She is right-handed and has stopped eating properly because she doesn’t like using her left hand.
“She was dressing herself in her nursery uniform until then and now she has to be dressed and taken to the toilet. It has really distressed her and she is terrified if she sees scissors.”
Farooq Khan, Ayesha’s father, echoed his partner’s concerns:
“We do not want the child punishing because he probably did not know what he was doing but we want this matter investigating thoroughly.
“We are also questioning whether the stainless steel scissors the children were given to use were suitable. I do not think they were. We would not let Ayesha use scissors that were so sharp at home.
“This has caused our daughter, our youngest child, a great deal of distress.”
Mr Khan added that doctors removed his daughter’s cast on Friday 31st March 2017, two weeks after the incident happened. The doctors decided to put Ayesha’s hand in a splint then to ensure her finger remained straight.
Mr Khan went on to say: “The school has asked us to take her back in for a couple of hours to settle her back in to nursery but she is too terrified to go.”
When asked for comment, Ayesha’s nursery Westminster Primary School refused to comment. Whilst Craig Lee, director of Education from the Bradford Diocesan Academy Trust said:
“There is currently an investigation taking place so we are unable to make any comment at this time.”
DESIblitz wishes Ayesha a speedy recovery.