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Three words “Duty of Care”.
Of course laws vary by state and country. But, there is a basic standard that anyone accepts when taking care of children. A responsibility to provide the same care any reasonable person would.
I know the school would most likely deny having left your son behind on purpose (as demonstrated by the “Where were you” line). But, even threatening them with legal action for having left your child in a room alone for an hour might bring them to their senses.
Private school teachers are underpaid and normally have poor benefits packages. Nevertheless, that’s not an excuse to abuse a child.
I don’t know if you can put a recording device in his backpack. But, that would be my next step. When it’s a “he said, they said” situation, a recording tells the truth.