A CONCERNED father says he removed his son from a nursery after alleging a member of staff posted racist comments and pictures on Facebook.
Danny Mondesir, 38, of Bernard Street, Woodville, removed his four-year-old son Myles, who is of dual-ethnicity, from Woodville Day Nursery after spotting the posts.
One made in November 2011 - shown to the Mail - featured a picture of a toy gun being held to what appears to be a black doll with what he considered an offensive caption.
Another said crimes like the attack on soldier Lee Rigby, who was allegedly killed by Islamic fundamentalists in Woolwich in May, would happen less frequently with tighter immigration controls.
A member of staff was suspended while an investigation was launched and found to be in breach of the nursery’s social media policy.
Mr Mondesir, who is of Caribbean descent, told the Mail: “In my opinion, somebody working with children should not be sending that type of thing across the internet.
“Myles only has a couple of weeks to go before he starts school but I thought it would be better to pull out because I was not comfortable with him being there while the investigation was still taking place.
“Swadlincote is not diverse but there’s a slowly rising figure of ethnicities coming into the area.
“You would think in this day and age people are aware of the different cultures and sensitivities.”
Mr Mondesir said that the nursery was demanding he pay outstanding fees since withdrawing Myles.
Graham Blunt, director of the Woodville Day Nursery, would not confirm which member of staff had allegedly made the posts but added that ‘appropriate action’ had been taken on the matter.
He said: “The nursery carried out a detailed investigation, which resulted in a member of staff undergoing a disciplinary procedure.
“The nursery has a social media policy to which all members of staff are expected to adhere.”
Mr Blunt confirmed that action was currently being taken to recover outstanding fees.