June 6, 2007
As a former Woodlands Daycare worker, Tammie Sinclair says she was anything but shocked to hear of the arrest of Masiha Yusuf, a teacher at the daycare.
"I wasn't really surprised because I figured at some point someone else would see besides employees," Sinclair said.
Masiha was arrested on Monday and charged with assault and battery for an alleged incident with a little boy.
Sinclair says that was only a matter of time..
"I've seen her jerk kids up by their arms, jerk them up, slam them down, knock them down, tell them to shut up, and scream at them," Sinclair continued.
But for Robbie Armstrong, he's seen anything but abuse from the worker. In fact, requesting that his three-year-old be put in the 61-year-old's classroom early.
"This woman is one of the nicest women that you would ever meet, she's cared for kids for 40 years, she's been great with our son," Robbie Armstrong said.
Sinclair, who left the job back in September, says she reported numerous times what she saw, but the incidents were brushed off.
"And I'm not the only one. A couple of the employees did and their response to it would be that she just has a strict way of teaching," Sinclair said.
Upset over the allegations and with the daycare refusing to comment, Armstrong says it's time someone stepped up in the teachers defense.
"We just want her to know that we care for her and we hope that she's alright and hopefully she'll get out of this." Armstrong said.