Former Mediacorp actor Ryan Choo, who is now a childcare centre principal, has been accused of abusing an 8-year-old boy from his school.
Choo, best known as a former bit part actor in Channel 8 TV dramas, allegedly hit the boy with a wooden ruler repeatedly until the boy suffered multiple bruises.
The childcare centre, Star Kidz Powerclub, is located at Block 509 Bedok North Avenue 3 and run by Choo and 2 female teachers.
The boy’s mother, Ms Llva Chin, said he husband alerted her to the bruises, and she took a look for herself when her son was showering.
Ms Chin said that her son told her he was punished for talking in class.
She contacted a teacher at the childcare centre, who reportedly told her that Choo had punished the boy for opening the door to a toilet while a girl was using it.
The girl got a shock and began to cry, calling for her parents.
The boy was reportedly punished in such a manner to pacify the girl’s fuming parents.
Ms Chin said that her son and other children were playing hide-and-seek at the centre on 31 Jan when her son accidentally opened the door to the toilet as he thought one of his friends was hiding inside.
On 5 Feb, she met Choo and he told her he had hit the her son on the buttocks with a wooden ruler.
She lodged a police report the next day.
Ms Chin said that it took about a week for her son to recover from the beating.
She pulled her son out of the childcare centre, where which he had been attending classes on weekdays for the past 3 years.
Police investigations into the incident are in progress.