Educator Under Fire For Posting Facebook Pictures of Student
A Chicago teacher took photos of her student’s hair so that she could post the photos to Facebook…for a good laugh.
Ukailya Lofton, a student at Overton Elementary School in Chicago, turned up for her school photo on picture day with Jolly Rancher candies tied to her braids after she had seen the style in a magazine.
Her computer teacher asked her to pose for a photo with her braids hanging round her face and told her: ‘My husband is not going to believe this.’
That night she posted the cell-phone pictures on her Facebook page with the message: ‘Right! This is for picture day.’
Another parent whose child is the teacher’s friend on Facebook let Ukailya’s mother Lucinda Williams know that the girl’s photo was on the teacher’s page and people were mocking the hairstyle.
Among the Facebook comments were:
- “If you’re going to make your child look ridiculous, the least you can do is have them matching,”
- “I laughed so hard that my contact popped out.”
The Overton Elementary School principal “said this was a good teacher, but this was a case of poor judgment,” said CPS spokeswoman Monique Bond. “It will warrant disciplinary action.”
Ukailya’s mother said,
But, “what bothers me is that (the teacher) still hasn’t apologized to my baby,” she said. “No child should have to go to school to be bullied by their teacher.”
No child should have to face abuse from their teacher. This story is absolutely appalling…that teacher needs to undergo sensitivity training and a diversity seminar. I’m not sure what it’s saying about her professional qualifications either….I mean what kind of TEACHER makes fun of a 3rd grader?
If this were YOUR child what would you do? (I’m not saying with the Jolly Ranchers in their hair…but to be so blatantly disrespected by a person who is supposed to be a nurturing force in your child’s life.)
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