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Teacher posts and mocks photo of student on Facebook

Teachers and poor social media judgment, again. In a clear lapse of sound judgment, a teacher posts and mocks a seven-year-old girl’s photo on Facebook because of the young girl’s hairstyle. The young girl asked her mom to braid her hair with Jolly Rancher candy at the end. (There were many times my children asserted themselves as to the colors they chose, the shoes and more. One of my sons when he was around the same age — was adamantly opposed to replacing both of his favorite sneakers. His reasoning, only one sneaker was “broken.” I bribed him with pizza and a Disney movie.)

Facebook is a great social networking tool. Many schools have either a  group or fan page on Facebook, engaging their school’s community in a healthy social media environment. This incident reminds me of some old-fashioned words of  wisdom like, “think before you speak” and “if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything.” This is hurtful and mean in my opinion.

According to the girl’s mother, a computer teacher found the hairstyle amusing so that she took steps to document it while proclaiming that her “boyfriend can’t believe this”:

“She told me her teacher told her to put her hair in her face and she took out her cell phone and she took a picture, not knowing she was putting my baby on Facebook and criticize her,” said Lucinda Williams, mother.

Williams says she copied some of the comments from the teacher’s Facebook page. The teacher allegedly wrote, “right, this is for picture day.” Then someone commented,”if you are going to make your child look ridiculous, the least you can do is have them matching.” Another wrote,”yeah, this is foolishness.” And one added, “I laughed so hard that my contact popped out.”

After the mother complained to both the school’s principal and the computer teacher, she received an apology.

Digital Life – Teacher posts and mocks photo of student on Facebook.


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