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This sign is in the parking lot at Centerpointe Christian Preschool on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in Pleasanton, Calif. Pleasanton police are investigating a report that a teacher, who no longer is employed by the school, used masking tape to bind the hands and legs of a student who refused to take a nap. (Jim Stevens/Staff)

A Pleasanton preschool that came under fire last month when a teacher was accused of tying up a toddler at naptime is under new scrutiny following reports that another teacher there pinched a child's torso in February.

According to a complaint filed April 2 by the California Department of Social Services, a young student at Centerpointe Christian Preschool "was pinched on his side and had his arm squeezed by a staff member" in an incident separate from the alleged binding of a toddler's wrists and ankles by 25-year-old Angela Calcagno, a former teacher at the school.

Calcagno, who resigned earlier this year after being employed at the school since 2008, reportedly tied up a 2-year-old girl with masking tape after she refused to take a nap and then took a photo of her sitting on her cot. Nobody knew about the incident until Calcagno showed the photo to other teachers at a party last month, the child's mother being one of the viewers.

Pleasanton police investigated the allegations and on March 19 presented the case to the Alameda County District Attorney's office to consider possible charges. District Attorney spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said Thursday that Calcagno's case is still under review.


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Calcagno was permanently barred from working in child care in the state following the March 5 complaint. She filed an appeal to the ban on March 17 and will appear at a public administrative hearing at a later date.

While the February pinching incident occurred sometime before the taping of the young girl, it didn't come to light until the complaint was filed against Calcagno. The substitute teacher involved no longer works at the school. The teacher will not be named unless the state takes a specific action against the individual. For the moment, the complaint only targets the school, state social services officials said.

"Since the beginning of this preschool, there has been zero tolerance for any action that violates a child's rights," Pastor Mike Barris said in an email to parents on Wednesday.

The email went on to detail the school's report to the Community Care Licensing agency, that substantiated the allegation.

The licensing report states that "the allegation is that a staff member ... pinched and squeezed the arm of a child. It is unknown exactly when the incident occurred. It was alleged to have happened in the month of February 2013. The staff member was no longer employed as of late February 2013."

The school, which closed for five days in March for intensive staff training after the taping incident, reopened March 20 and has communicated updates to parents each step of the way.

"We are appalled and shocked that such an incident, if proven to be true, took place," the Rev. Barris said March 11. "Every human person made in the image of God, all of the children in our care, deserve the highest degree of respect and protection from any action that dehumanizes them."

Tim Hunt, an elder of the Centerpointe church, declined to comment Thursday beyond the scope of the letter sent to parents.

Because the pinching incident is a repeat violation within a 12-month period, the school was handed a civil penalty of $150.

The school received four other Class A violations in the five months before the two personal rights violations, two involving unattended bleach bottles, and two involving improper supervision of children.

"While the staff involved in these situations is no longer employed here, there is more work to be done to create a new educational environment that is safe, loving and enriching for your children," church elders said to the congregation in a March 11 statement.

Contact Erin Ivie at eivie@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/erin_ivie.