Teacher Told Students To 'Oink' At Messy Classmate

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 04/14/2011 ( 21 moms have responded )




Your kindergarten student is a little smelly.
You A) Inform his parents.
B) Gently teach him about personal hygeine
C) Have the class "oink" at him.

Take it from the Peanuts character "Pig-pen," some kids are just messy.

A teacher was suspended for one day without pay after allegedly telling her kindergarteners to surround and "oink" at the messiest student in the class, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

The unorthodox disciplinary decision by Debbie Hayes, a teacher at Bowers Elementary School in Roane County, Tenn., was discovered by a colleague who walked into Hayes' classroom on March 16 to find students "'oinking' and making pig sounds" at their unkempt classmate.

According to a reprimand letter from Dr. Toni H. McGriff, Roane County Schools director, Hayes repeatedly told the student to clean up his act before exclaiming, "Your area looks like a pig sty. Oink. Oink."

The teacher who witnessed the group oinking informed Candace Lett, the school's principal, that afternoon.

McGriff called the incident a "black eye on the profession."

"To have this happen is simply unbelievable and undermines everything we try to teach children about how to treat each other," McGriff wrote in a reprimand letter.

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Hayes, who has taught kindergarten in the county for 38 years, told McGriff that she was unaware the children were taunting the messy student, "but did agree that it was inappropriate," according to the letter.

Hayes served her suspension on March 18.


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What if the child was being severely neglected at home which is why they were dirty and unkempt. Rather than finding out if this little one was in an neglectful or potentially abusive home - let's just pick on him instead. What an ass!

Tara - posted on 04/14/2011




Hmm... I would be asking for a longer suspension if it were my kid. That is humiliation and inciting others to humiliate the poor kid. That is just downright immature and dumb. I think maybe she's been teaching too long and holding onto some of the "old school" ways of doing things. She's been teaching for 38 years for goodness sake!

That's a long time, and hey if you're keeping up with the newer ways of doing things, great. If you're not maybe it's time to retire.

Lacye - posted on 04/14/2011




Oh hell no! The woman would need to have some security to follow her around because if it had been my child, I would have gone after her! That poor child could have some serious psychological problems because of what she did. One day just isn't enough. She shouldn't have a job because that is bullying.


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Kate CP - posted on 04/15/2011




What. The. Fuck.

It's her job to protect the kids in her care, not taunt and belittle them. Jesus. What the hell is wrong with people?!

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These are the teachers in many schools right across the wrold.They need to be kicked out of the school.How dare she call herself a teacher.She is a pig if you ask me.Thats disgusting behaviour.Would she of been so bold as to tell the parents the child was dirty and smelly.

How dare she treat a child like that and make the other kids join in the humiliation.:-(so mad i am.

Bonnie - posted on 04/15/2011




OMG what is wrong with people? That is suppose to be a teacher. That poor child.

Stifler's - posted on 04/14/2011




The worst bit is I have no idea how all this bullshit is going to make him cleaner? What if he doesn't know because his parents don't clean. Oinking and going off in front of the other kids isn't going to help the situation.

Mabel - posted on 04/14/2011




Now what kind of damage do you think it did to the little boy to have his classmates oinking at him?That will be in his mind the rest of his life and the others won't forget about it any time soon I can guarantee that!! Disgusting!

Krista - posted on 04/14/2011




I agree with Jen. What a insensitive ass that teacher was. That poor, poor little boy. This makes me almost want to cry.

Carol - posted on 04/14/2011




What a terrible story. It's not the child's fault that they are unkempt. Behavior is not changed by ridicule and sarcasm. Change is made with care and compassion.

Tah - posted on 04/14/2011




I just came on here to say that Jen, who knows what the home life is like and then you make the one refuge they may have uncomfortable...she needs to retire

America3437 - posted on 04/14/2011




Did she not think to talk to the child about his home situation to see if there was a reason this child was unkept? Part of their job is to notice situations like this. Maybe this child's family is in a homeless situation and she could have been the bridge for this family to get needed help! She should have to wear a pig nose to school everyday!!!

Jenn - posted on 04/14/2011




It makes you wonder in 38 years of teaching how many other such incidents have not been reported. I highly doubt this is a first time thing. One day is not even close to a reasonable punishment.

Jenn - posted on 04/14/2011




Ohhh snap!! If that would have been my child I would have had that teachers ass! What kind of role model is that for young and impressionable kindergarteners. That totally goes against the whole "If you cant say anything nice then don't say anything at all" mantra they preach in elementary school!! Some people!!

Tinker1987 - posted on 04/14/2011




that is disturbing.poor child. i think she should have been suspended alot longer than one day.that is not a teacher looking out for the well being of her students.

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 04/14/2011




I would have gone down to the school!! Had some unkind choice words with that teacher

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