Jack Layton is alleged to have hit a girl when he was in pre-school back in 1955.
A now retired kindergarten teacher has made startling allegations against NDP leader Jack Layton. The stunning revelation about the current leader of the New Democratic Party comes days before the federal election, at a time when his popularity is reaching new heights with his New Democratic Party threatening to topple the Stephen Harper led Conservative government.
The former educator, speaking on condition of anonymity, contacted Canadian Soapbox about the incident which occurred in 1955 when Mr. Layton was 5 years of age.
"At the time I didn't think anything of it, until recently I'd actually forgotten it", the now 92 year teacher said. "But then I kept seeing little Jackie in the news and I started going through my old files".
Those files reveal a report dated September 27, 1955 which outlines the incident. Canadian Soapbox has received permission to make a copy of the incident report, which says in part:
2:00 PM Jackie Layton got into an argument with Jane Wilson over an orange crayon just after nap time. Jackie said Jane had stolen it from his box and rather than notifying the teacher he punched Jane in the arm causing her to cry out and bite him.
Olivia Chow, Layton's wife, denied her husband had done anything wrong in an e-mail statement late Friday night.
"Fifty six years ago, my husband got into an argument over an orange crayon. He used to colour regularly and orange is his favourite colour, I don't believe he did anything wrong".
Asked why she waited so long to come forward with this news Layton's former teacher said she was surprised the story hasn't already been made public. "I thought this would have come out. This thing within class and by other teachers was so well known."
Jack Layton was warned of the dangers of resorting to violence to resolve conflicts after school that day. "He came to school on a bicycle. I escorted him outside and he went away on his bike."
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