The gym teacher told kindergardens to take off their sweatshirt

Judith - posted on 01/10/2018 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My daughter who is in kindergarten which is 5 years old came home today and told me that her gym teacher told the kids to take off their sweatshirt my daughter took off her t-shirt three other children took off their shirts as well with all of the sexual harassment going on in teachers sleeping with students I was very upset to hear a gym teacher tell these kindergartens to take off their shirts am I overreacting?

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Michelle - posted on 01/12/2018

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Like Priscilla said, a teacher wouldn't be asking students to take off their tops in front of the whole class.
That's why I was pointing out that 5yo's DON'T communicate the whole truth. They don't hear everything and forget other things. It's normal! I would also suggest that you don't believe 100% of what your daughter tells you unless you have asked adults for the full story.

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Michelle - posted on 01/17/2018

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So Miracle, how about you agree to disagree. This thread isn't about changing the child's class. Best to let it go.

Miracle - posted on 01/15/2018

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ev, maybe it where you live and where your children go to school its hard. but at my sons school parents have the final say if they will stay in a class or not.

Karla - posted on 01/15/2018

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It sounds resonable to schedule a conference with the gym teacher to discuss you concerns. I wonder if there could be a school policy created on gym uniforms. No one should be bare skinned no matter what the age.

Ev - posted on 01/13/2018

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Miracle--I know better than that about moving kids from one class to another or one teacher to another. It is not easy. And Michelle is right. Kids this age will remember some key components of things but not all. Maybe in their minds what we consider an important thing may not see that way to them. No one said she was lying or a story teller. Just that she may have left out some details that would make the difference in what was going on from HER perception as a 5 year old.

Michelle - posted on 01/13/2018

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I'm not saying they lie and make things up. They tend to omit some important details that they genuinely forget. They don't think it's an important detail so don't explain absolutely everything.
I have never said the child was lying.

Miracle - posted on 01/13/2018

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michelle, my five year is not a liar or story teller so i would believe him with no doubt. if this lady believes her daughter then it probably because she doesent make stuff up like some children.

Katherine - posted on 01/13/2018

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I would assume they didn't want the kids to overheat and just wanted them to take off the heavy sweaters.....

Michelle - posted on 01/13/2018

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Miracle, it's best to get all the sides before assuming that the worst happened.
I don't know why everyone is just taking the word of a 5yo. Yes, believe them to an extent but there also needs the truth to be found out.

Miracle - posted on 01/12/2018

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disgusting. i would talk to the teacher, and make sure he never was brave enough to ask for children to do that again. remove your child from the class too.

Mary - posted on 01/12/2018

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Yes I need more clarification, are you saying that your daughter removed her shirt and was interacting at school, during pe while completely topless? Like with her girl boobies exposed? That's extremely odd. I'm all for optional clothing opportunities but only when agreed upon and if someone were to come to our home and expressed discomfort we'd clothe ourselves out of respect, but if what I'm surmising above is correct that's very odd.

Dusty_dustbunny - posted on 01/10/2018

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Most people assume sweatshirts are overshirts. So if the teacher for got to say "if you have an undershirt take off you sweatshirt we are going to get hot". Opps, generally when you talk to people or kids it is safe to assume that they know how far to undress and where, when they are not at home.

Now if he said to take off their sweatshirts and wouldn't let them say no that's something to complain about but it's not sexual. They'd have to be incredibly stupid to sexually harras a group of children and there would of been alligations already but most likely fired without cause. Most class sizes are over 30 now that's how many kids and parents watching?

Remember that news is sensationalized and is a very small % of what is happening in a large population. You can look at it as over exaggeration on some issues and under reporting on others.

Judith - posted on 01/10/2018

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And I also asked my daughter did he say that you could take off your sweatshirt if you were hot she said Mommy he never said if we were hot.

Michelle - posted on 01/10/2018

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Go and ask the teacher then.
Your daughter is telling you her version and 5yo's do miss things out. I have one that tells me a lot but she also misses things out.
There is always 2 sides to the story and you need to get both before taking it further.
Now she is saying he told them to take off their sweatshirt, not t-shirt. To me there is a difference. He could have told them to take off their sweatshirts and they were doing a lot of physical activity and they were going to get hot.

Judith - posted on 01/10/2018

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When my daughter walked in the gym that is what he told them they could take off their sweatshirt she said that he did not give them a reason why. my daughter tells me everything start to finish don't leave nothing out she keep saying the same thing over and over again when she first walked in to the gym this is what he told them he never gave them a reason why.

Michelle - posted on 01/10/2018

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What was the reason for the teacher asking them to take off their shirts?
I don't think it's appropriate for girls to take off their shirts at all. I would have a meeting with the teacher and get the reason for it. 5yo's can forget to tell the whole story.

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