Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson-Okojie, has said she would not withdraw her daughter from her school despite allegations of bullying.
The Nollywood actress had recently flared up on social media after a teacher of Chrisland School in Lagos allegedly intimidated Purity Okojie, her eight-year-old daughter who is a pupil at the institution.
The school management had initiated an investigation into the case in the wake of the backlash that followed.
According to the actress in a statement on Saturday, progress has been made during the investigation and that she is pleased with the way the incident has been handled by the school management.
She wrote: “We have come to a meaningful positive resolution
“Purity had an encounter with a Teacher whose seemingly inflexible approach got her off-balance,” the statement reads.
“We have been able to have a deep, frank conversation with the Chrisland authorities and we have come to a meaningful positive resolution. It is our choice to move forward together as crucial partners.
“We are pleased with their efforts towards ensuring all pupils get an all-round balanced and qualitative learning.”
She stated that Chrisland had assured her family of their commitment to the bigger picture, which is firmly centred upon being responsive to the fragile emotions, as well as the valid concerns of parents.
Ibironke Olatokunbo Adeyemi, Managing Director of Chrisland School Conglomerate, said the institution has investigated the case and was able to establish “rough edges” to “smoothen up”.
“We had a long, frank, and fruitful conversation, part of which was our firm reassurance that Chrisland as an institution holds sacrosanct, a zero-tolerance for bullying,” she said.
The MD expressed that rough edges were found during their investigation but it has been smoothening.
“As promised, we also investigated the issue on the ground and were able to establish there were rough edges to smoothen up from an avoidable misunderstanding.
“We ironed this out losing focus on the bigger picture of deepening our children including Purity Okojie, in our institution’s core values which are discipline, integrity, professionalism, love, and excellence.”
She added: “The cordiality and empathy accorded the Okojies is characteristic of our corporate tradition and cuts across every family that holds us in trust to raise their kids irrespective of race, creed or social standing.
“It’s natural to feel some disquiet about the approach adopted in airing her grievance.
“We have translated this engagement opportunity into useful insights on less disconcerting methods of redress in future, especially as it’s unrealistic not to expect occasional frictions within humanity’s social ecosystem.”