Dad furious after five-year-old came home from preschool with bruises all over his face

Five-year-old Aidan suffered bruises to his face after playing with older kids.
Five-year-old Aidan suffered bruises to his face after playing with older kids.  

A US dad is rightfully angry after his five-year-old son came home from preschool with a bruised face.

When dad Steven Stallone picked up his son, Aidan, the teacher said he was playing with a friend when he fell.

"My son was shaking by the time I picked him up, he was so upset," Stallone said in a video posted on Facebook.

When they got to the car Aidan told his dad a different story, that a "school-ager pushed" him down while playing the "tripping game".

The "school-ager" turned out to be a 10-year-old boy. The school said they were short staffed and had to combine classes that day.

After complaining to the school Stallone said, "They told us they would be separating the children.

"Then again today the kids were in the same class again and an older kid pushed him down again and hurt his stomach," he added. 

That's when he decided to share his son's injuries on Facebook.


"At what point during the day did you see a 5-year-old boy and a 10-year-old boy playing rough and you knew that they said they wanted to play a tripping game, at what point did you say, 'OK! We've got to stop this?'  That negligence caused my son to get hurt," Stallone said.

Stallone and his wife have filed a complaint with the Department of Children and Families and the incident is being investigated.

A spokesperson for the school told WFTS-TV in a statement: "We are committed to creating a safe, nurturing program for all children. 

"We know some scrapes and scratches are a natural part of childhood. Of course, we understand that any injury to their child can be upsetting for a parent."

"While we don't believe bullying is an issue at this center, KinderCare's Inclusion Services team is working with staff to determine if there's any additional support or training they can provide our teachers."

Aidan is now attending a new preschool.