A child playing in the courtyard of a Toulouse school. Drawing – Alexandre GELEBART/REA
Toulouse town hall announced on Friday that it had opened “an internal investigation” after a 7-year-old child, left in the care of a municipal leisure center, was entrusted to a stranger with whom he spent several hours.
The incredible mistake was revealed by La Dépêche du Midi and stems from an unfortunate combination of circumstances. According to the regional daily, it all started at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, when a man picked up a student. This friend of the family had just been appointed by the mother, he did not know the boy and vice versa. But it was another child, with the same first name, who was handed over to him and spent two hours at home after a meal at a fast food restaurant. In the afternoon, the mother of the first child reached her friend and quickly noticed the mistake.
Meeting and apologies
The shock was even greater when, in the evening, the parents of the child who had been taken out by mistake learned the whole story from the director of the recreation center. “Scandalized”, they intend, reports La Dépêche du Midi, to file a complaint against the town hall.
“The town hall of Toulouse is deeply sorry about what happened to this boy for whom his teams were responsible and understands the emotion that this may have aroused in his parents”, indicates the Capitol. The parents received an apology at a meeting held this Friday morning. And the municipal management of Children and Recreation does not exclude taking sanctions, “if necessary”.
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