A teachers comment to my 2nd grader

Carlene - posted on 02/24/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My daughter has ADD/ADHD...her teacher, asked her, "did you take your medicine?", after my child had been talking and not paying attention. I'm not quite sure how to aaproch this as I'm offended and hurt at the attitude she took at what seems to be belittling my 7 year old.

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Jenny - posted on 02/24/2010

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Get a lawyer and call the news. File an official complaint with the school board. That is a violation of your child's right to privacy and you could become the reason no teacher any where will do it again. Not only was she hurtful and rude, but she over stepped her professional boundry. Her job is teacher not nurse and she is not allowed to have any part of your child's medical treatment. I also urge you to check out my Facebook page, Think Zebras. I am trying to expose the truth about ADHD and what actually causes the behaviors and symptoms we know as ADHD and other similar diagnoses. My son is free of the symptoms because we were able to see a parasite in his red blood cells through the technology of one lab in Scottsdale, AZ.

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Rachel - posted on 12/24/2012

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Are you serious?! Who are these people who want you to get a lawyer and call the news?! You people are beyond nasty and clearly have WAY too much time on your hands. Holy sh*t. Why anyone would want to be a teacher after reading this is beyond me. Did you even speak to the teacher yet?

Francene - posted on 05/27/2011

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Needs to be addressed. I would take the high road. Situations appraoched with a good atittude tend to turn out better. Coomunication between teacher and parent is huge. Esspecially w children like ours who at times can be miss read. It will also give the teacher a chance to correct any misscommunication that has taken place,, or correcy her actions in dealing w the situation. Good communication w me and my sons teacherrs has helped us a lot. Hope this helped.

Carlene - posted on 03/14/2010

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THank you all very much for your support. I did talk to the teacher who was unaware how her comment was percieved. I must grant her that she has been an extended part of helping Emily with her focus and behavior and generally has a very supportive attitude toward everything that has happened this year. She has apologized and I do believe it was sincere. I didn't not want to approach her in public or in a means of singling her out in the community, as she is a very good teacher. I think she is used to our open attitude and communication and just kind of overstepped her boundary. I don't believe she meant any harm, she just forgot her manners. We have had no other problems so forgive and forget :)

Heather - posted on 03/01/2010

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No teacher has the right to say that to anyone kids no mattter what.. My son has ADHD and he has trouble in school trying to pay attention.. It's not easy for kids that have problems.. My son takes his medicine before school and during school and he still has the same problems.. But I would go an talk to his teacher or even the principal cause that was just wrong to say to a child..

Arian - posted on 03/01/2010

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My son's teacher asked him in front of the whole class if he had taken his medication that day. My son doesn't want anyone to know that he is on meds so it really upset him. I sent an email to the principal that very next day, and I have never had a problem like that again since. I made sure that the principal knew that was a violation of his privacy and if it happened again from ANY teacher that I would be consulting an attorney. Be polite but firm and hopefully you will never have to deal with that issue again.

Melanie - posted on 02/27/2010

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Teachers spend most of the weekdays with the children. It is their responisbility to be aware of children's needs. It should be obvious if a child is acting differently, whether they take medicine daily, or not. There is a very good chance the teacher has not considered how her comments affect the child or the reactions of peers. Speak to the teacher and politely tell her how you strongly prefer him/her not to ask the child about meds in front of peers or other adults. By handling the situation like this, your relationship with the teacher is likely to be stronger. If you skip the teacher and go to the principal or a lawyer you will likely increase tension. The whole idea of helping the child revolves around communication and cooperation. This begins with the parent and teacher. If she is defensive or ignores your request, move on to the principal. Keep a journal record. Written notes, or emails are good proof of communication, but face-to-face is very effective. If your child has a 504 or IEP, include the special education teacher and counselor in on how you feel about this. When everyone is on the same page, the results will be positive!

Patricia - posted on 02/27/2010

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OMG I had a teacher say the same thing to my son in the middle of class. I called the school and talked to her and the principal. I got a letter of apology and several phone calls apologizing. I have even had them try to send my son home "sick" when they thought he didn't have his medicine. So best of luck to you

Clarissa - posted on 02/27/2010

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I think that you need to talk to the school and tell them you concerns with the way she handled your daughter. I am in very well with the school and I have never had a teacher single out my son who is ADHD/ODD since he was 4 1/2 yrs. Not all schools or teachers are well educated on this illness and its not fair that you child has to feel like and outcast because of one stupid remark from someone that is there to TEACH her!

Sheldon - posted on 02/26/2010

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thats so wrong speak to the school and bring it to there attention your daughter desreves to have understanding from her teacher and not singled out my son has sever ADHD and ODD and he has had a good teacher if there has been a question in regards to medication he spoke to me about it away from the class I jus hope the teacher this year can be just as good :)
good luck

Elizabeth - posted on 02/25/2010

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my child's teacher was doing the same thing. I had a meeting with the principle and his teacher to talk about everything from his behavior to theirs and mine. I asked them to not mention his medications to him. We have the school office keep his meds during the school week so he is sure to take it every morning. He justs stops in on his way to breakfast every day. Then at the end of the week he brings them back home. It works well for us because our mornings can get very busy and I'm very forgetful :)

Susan - posted on 02/25/2010

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You and your daughter both should be offended! I think all teachers should have to take classes on ADHD. Teacher's think once a child has a" label"l it's ok to brush off all other concerns. They only focus on the "label". I would bring it up to the teacher and the school. You need to have a meeting about this and many other area's of your child's time at school. They are there to work for you and your child!!!!!

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