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Disciplinary Note Stapled To Child’s Shirt

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Disciplinary Note Stapled To Child's Shirt
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MIAMI (CBS4) – A Miami-Dade woman said her son’s teacher made a big mistake ridiculing her son, but the district said there was an explanation for what happened to the student at W.J. Bryan Elementary School.

“This is totally wrong. This is inappropriate. This is ethically wrong,” Rose Innocent said about what happened to her second-grade son at school. She claims that his teacher humiliated her son by stapling a disciplinary note to his shirt for talking in class.

“He was upset, he said the kids had been laughing at him,” Innocent said. “He was embarrassed and humiliated.”

“Everyone was starting to laugh at me,” the child said. “That’s when I got the feeling; I was angry and mad.”

Innocent said the teacher’s reasoning for stapling the note was to make sure the parents received the note because the teacher felt the child hadn’t been taking home progress and disciplinary reports requested by his parents.

Innocent said she had been getting those reports. She said she believes the teacher was upset over the child talking and embarrassed him on purpose. The mother also said she never got an apology from the teacher.

“The words that came out of her mouth were, ‘if the shirt is the problem, I will go ahead and replace the shirt for you,’” Innocent said. “I didn’t get, ‘I apologize I shouldn’t have done that.’”

Miami-Dade Schools released a statement saying: To make sure that the note reached home, the teacher fastened the note to the child’s shirt, then placed the child’s sweatshirt over it, so that the note would not cause any undue attention.

Innocent told CBS4’s Gwen Belton that she has taken her child out of that classroom and is contemplating taking the child out of the school completely.

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