Teacher cuts Student's Hair

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Essentially, an assistant teacher allegedly cut a 7yo girl's hair when she got some food in it. The girl has Down Syndrome. The mom is pissed. Your thoughts?

I'd be pissed too. Anyone ever cut MY baby's hair, especially without my permission (as it will be until she's much older) I'd probably come close to killing them.


Firebird - posted on 09/29/2012




Come near my kid with scissors, intending to use them on her, and I'll be after your blood. What if the girl freaked out and the teacher accidentally cut flesh instead of hair? I could actually see that happening with my kid (she's Autistic). Not a minor offense anymore.

Denikka - posted on 09/29/2012




Oh good god. Why are these yutzes teaching when they haven't got a lick of common sense???

I would be SO pissed off. The ONLY one who can decide on a haircut for my child is ME or my CHILD. Not some stupid teacher or aide who has zero bearing on my child's life. I hope something is done.

I know it's pretty minor in the grand scheme of things. It's not like the child was injured or sexually abused or anything. But no one has the right to put their hands on...and especially not to ALTER someone, without their /and/ their guardians permission. If nothing else, it sets a bad precedent.


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Tah - posted on 10/11/2012




what food causes a hair cut apart from gum...not even one inch should have been cut. They did it because she was playing in it and they wanted to punish her so her feelings of being in trouble were justified. cause a fuss...they should be fired...

Tracey - posted on 10/01/2012




If the hair was that bad then call the parent and either offer to cut the foody part out or get them in to deal with it. If it was because the kids wouldn't stop fiddling with it, get over it - surely the teacher would have special needs training with working with downs, I doubt the hair (whether food covered, tied up or loose) was distracting the other pupils or the lesson and if it was put the kid in time out. If it was that big a problem I would rather my child spent an hour in time out until I could collect them rather than have 8" hair cut off.

Re washing the hair, our teachers would not be allowed to do this unless it was for a medical emergency such as having chemicals in the hair, otherwise this would come under unecessary physical contact. Even then they are only allowed to use plain water in case the child is allergic to shampoo.

Kathy - posted on 09/30/2012




I initially though maybe the child had a huge amount of gum in - so they teacher snipped a few strands. I wouldn't have been okay with it, but I would not have been livid.

The story I read in the OP was jaw dropping - cutting 4-8 inches of hair over food or refusing to untie hair?!? Crazy. The teacher needs to be brought up on disciplinary measures.

And as a previous posters mentioned - what if the child moved during the haircut? That could have been very serious.

Corinne - posted on 09/30/2012




I'd be pissed too! It's bad enough when kids do it to themselves and each other, without moronic teachers / aides joining in. #1's teacher got pasted last year when my daughter and her friends were left unattended with scissors and decided to play hairdressers instead of doing their work.

Momma - posted on 09/29/2012




Yep, I would be kicking some ass...no one cuts anyone's hair without parental or individual consent!


Denikka - posted on 09/29/2012




There was some debate as to WHY the teacher actually cut her hair. One story was that she got food in it, the other was that she wouldn't stop playing with it/taking it down.

Either way. . .stupid beyond belief. . .

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CoM needs an "Agree/Disagree" button.

btw, i completely agree. what the heck happened to just washing it out? so she got some food in her hair, so what? if you're a total idiot and don't know what to do, call the parent before you make such a stupid decision!

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