LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST CRÈME DE LA CRÈME ALLEGING CHILD ABUSE
WHAT: Judge Glenda Hatchett and The Hatchett Firm, PC will hold a press conference to announce that a civil lawsuit has been filed in the State Court of Fulton County, Georgia against Crème de la Crème, Inc. et al. located in Alpharetta, GA. The Hatchett Firm represents the parents of four children who experienced both physical and mental abuse during their enrollment in Mrs. Marquita Brown Opeloyeru’s kindergarten classroom at Crème de la Crème.
WHEN: Friday, October 7, 2016
WHERE: Crème de la Crème
11675 Haynes Bridge Road
Alpharetta, Georgia 30009
TIME: 10:00am ET/ 9:00am CT
The lawsuit alleges that on August 10, 2015, our client’s children were enrolled into Crème de la Crème where they entrusted the faculty and administration to supervise and care for their children. They were enrolled in Mrs. Marquita Brown Opeloyeru’s kindergarten class. Over the course of a month, Defendant Opeloyeru would lock children in a dark windowless bathroom, in her classroom, for extended periods of time with the lights turned off. This was known as going to “jail.” Defendant Opeloyeru forced children to cry in agonizing terror, and beg for assistance in order to be released. Other students were threatened with the same form of discipline if they attempted to release their classmates from “jail.”
Although it is reported that surveillance cameras were in Defendant Opeloyeru’s classroom, Crème de la Crème failed to take necessary actions to protect the children and did not acknowledge that there were problems until the alarmed parents brought it to the attention of administrators, Defendant Colleen Paullet and Defendant Allison Distel. Prior to the lawsuit being filed, the parents never received a satisfactory response to their concerns from the corporate office represented by Defendant Pete Lungo after several contacts. Therefore, they were left with no alternative but to withdraw their children from the school, as did all the parents who had children in Defendant Opeloyeru’s classroom.
Defendant Opeloyeru’s heinous actions and the negligence of Crème de la Crème caused the children to suffer mental and physical harm resulting in severe emotional distress and anxiety that will impact them for years to come.
Crème de la Crème is one of the most prestigious early childhood education brand in Georgia and it is nationally established across the United States. In their core vision, Crème de la Crème’s representation to the public purports to guarantee parents and guardians that each faculty member understands that the quality of relationships a child experiences during their first five years of life have a “deep and lasting” impact on their future development. The parents relied on this representation that Crème de la Crème would guide faculty and administration as they provide warm responsive care in a secure environment.
The Hatchett Firm specializes in crisis and risk management, along with catastrophic and personal injury cases. Judge Glenda Hatchett is passionate about pursuing justice for those who have experienced significant damages from the inappropriate actions of others. She and her legal team are dedicated to seeking justice on behalf of the children and parents who have suffered under the irresponsible and outrageous treatment of defendant Opeloyeru and Crème de la Crème’s failure to properly supervise and protect their children. This matter has been referred to the Georgia Division of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) for investigation.
“For a preschool and kindergarten child, a teacher should be a nurturer and a positive role model” Judge Hatchett says, “Parents should not have to worry about the safety of their children when leaving them in the care of an early learning institution. Having been a working parent with two sons, I know that this must be a parent’s worst nightmare.”