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Social Workers Did Not "Haul Child From Classroom"

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SOCIAL WORKERS DID NOT "HAUL CHILD FROM CLASSROOM"

Social workers did not haul the child of a top government official from her classroom, as reported this morning. Furthermore, there were no Police cars parked at the school gate.

"These facts are completely incorrect." Auckland Area Manager John Hoult said today.

"I want to reiterate that this action was not instigated by this department. We were instructed to assist the Counsel for Child to enforce a custody order. The Counsel for Child made the decision about when and where this should happen."

Mr Hoult said that the Counsel for Child and the two social workers met with the principal, and explained what was required. The principal then collected the girl from the classroom and brought her back to the office.

"The girl accompanied the social workers and Counsel for Child to the car and they later delivered her to the airport, in accordance with the instructions from the Counsel for Child." Mr Hoult said.

Mr Hoult said that workers believe that this was carried out in an orderly manner.

"While she was confused she did not display any signs of distress. These are difficult and stressful situations for all involved, especially the child, but sometimes the Family Court considers such actions necessary when parties cannot resolve custody matters amicably."

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