Teacher called my 5 yr old a CRYBABY in class.

Karen - posted on 04/10/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My 5 year old son came home from school today and told me his teacher called him a "Crybaby." She called on him to read in reading group in front of the other kids and he wasn't paying attention and lost his place in the packet. He began to cry.

I sent her an email and she said, (QUOTE, CUT and PASTED),

"I didn’t call him a crybaby. He started crying because he got behind due to the fact that he wasn’t listening and doing what he was supposed to. I made the statement that we do not have crybabies in our classroom but he has never been called one. That would be very unprofessional for me to call him or any other student a name. Thanks!" (END QUOTE)

MY RESPONS=

By using the word “crybabies,” it’s too close a reference in that context. It’s clear what you meant to say, but I would strongly suggest you not use that term in school. My son understood you to call him a crybaby and other students would as well. I do not wish to argue the fine points. Thanks! (END QUOTE)



What are your feelings and how would you handle this??? I now feel she is going to target him until the end of shoool year.

BTW.....This is the SECOND time this has happened!

I feel this gives the other kids in class a license to call him names as well.

SUGGESTIONS PLEASE?

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Tabitha - posted on 04/10/2012

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I must say you dealt with it way better than I would have. After years of fighting to get my son services (IEP) and one ignorant 1st grade teacher I have had to learn that in fact teachers will target your child particularly if they do not like you the parent. I am now dealing with that here in Las Vegas again with his 3rd grade teacher who thinks she knows it all but did not know that her school was considered a "pull out" school for special education classes after working there for 7+ years. I say all this with 13+ years of being a juvenile probation officer and tons of experiences with schools and various situations, meaning I know how to handle myself in a professional manner but when you start picking on a child that crosses the line! I think your email was right on track but I would request a meeting with the teacher, principal and anyone else who needed or wanted to be there since this is not the first time this has happened. It is not ok to call a child a name no matter who their parent is or is not or how you feel about them/their behavior. This would at least start some type of open communication and bring to the principals attention how this teacher is treating children/students! Hope this helps! BTW the copy cut paste thing must be standard teacher email stuff because that is how my son's teacher responds to my emails which is very unprofessional I feel!

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