A teacher in Narbonne has been accused of tying a three-year-old to his chair as a punishment for being 'silly and restless' according to Le Parisien newspaper.
The child's mother was made aware of the incident by the parents of another child who told them what had happened. According to the mother's account, the teacher went ahead even though the boy was crying and begging her not to.
However the teacher, a supply teacher with twenty years experience, denies the incident and says she only threatened the child. Another teacher has backed her up.
Nevertheless, the teacher has been withdrawn from the school while police and education authorities investigate. The Narbonne public prosecutor’s office says it is taking the allegation extremely seriously.