When I initially saw the following story I was sure it had to be hoax. After I did a little research I was able to view the original report from Milwaukee ABC affiliate WISN. Needless to say I was appalled. I have a seven year old daughter and I am sure that she would have been extremely upset about an incident like this.
I’m not sure how I feel about the fact that the child’s identity has been revealed but, the teacher’s identity has not. The news outlet made it a point to outline that teacher stress has gone up, which implies that this child stressed the teacher out. My concern as a parent would be that my child would be labeled. Would subsequent teachers lack patience with my child because she “stressed” this other teacher out? Additionally, does teacher stress justify this behavior? The little girl told Milwaukee’s News12 that the teacher called her over to the desk, said that she was going to give her candy, then cut the braid and threw it in the trash while the entire class watched and laughed. Lamya went back to her desk in tears. She says that the teacher asked her, “‘Now what you gonna go home and say to your momma?,’” to which she sensibly replied, “‘That you cut off my hair,’” according to News12.
Although the local school district would not comment on the specifics of the case, an apology was given.
The News12 report says that the District Attorney has decided not to press charges, but police did issue a $175 fine for Disorderly Conduct.
So, what would you do if this happened to your child?