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It's Coffee Break time! Hot Topic: Teacher cuts disabled student's hair

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A 7 year old down syndrome girl named Jessica had several inches of her hair cut off by an assistant teacher. Originally the teacher told her mother she cut off about four inches of hair because she had food in it. When her child got home the mother saw it was more like eight inches. A letter later revealed that her hair was cut because she wouldn't stop taking it down. Turns out Jessica loved her hair and now won't even get in front of a mirror.

1. Do you feel that it is ok if teachers take action on children without a parent's consent first?

2. How would your child(ren) feel if something personal like this was done to them?

3. How would YOU react if something personal was done to your child and you found out after-the-fact?


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by on Oct. 2, 2012 at 9:00 AM
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goddess99
by Michelle on Oct. 2, 2012 at 10:12 AM
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Thank you for the cute coffee. Have a nice day =)

Quoting Cafe Beth:

I agree with you. It was one incredibly "bold" thing to do.

Here's a coffee for you. :)


Quoting goddess99:

OMG

today is picture day at my dd's school and I spent 45 minutes curling, fluffing, and primping my dd's hair. If anyone touches it I will break their fingers. If a teacher would have balls that big to actually cut my dd's hair, she better be stronger than me cause I'm going after her.



auntangelofsix
by Angel on Oct. 2, 2012 at 10:25 AM
Omg i would of lost it...the teacher has no reason messing with the girl's hair ..i would go over everyones head in the school and the school dis too...no coffee for me...hot tea please....
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Cafe Beth
by on Oct. 2, 2012 at 10:25 AM
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She has beautiful hair! :)

This coffee is for you.


Quoting ramonafrog:

This was a year ago. My dd's hair is about 5 inches longer now.
I would literally punch someone is the throat. I'm not even kidding.
I feel horrible for the little girl and her mom in this story.


Cafe Beth
by on Oct. 2, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Here's a drink for you. And thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. :)


Quoting LilyPondOasis:

I agree with you and the first poster! 

I would be LIVID!!! Who the heck was she to take it upon herself to play beauty parlor in a class room. There is a thing called towels and water!!!!!!! 

Unreal! I would be doing more than talking to the Principal at the school -- Id be going to the School Board!! 

Quoting FabLife:

 It's not up to the teacher to take upon themselves to cut the childs hair without consent of the parent(s)



Cafe Beth
by on Oct. 2, 2012 at 10:29 AM

We DO have tea! And you know, even if it were gum I would think you would talk to the parent first.


Quoting sumannie:

That is soo wrong! They should always let the parents know even if there was food in it before doing such a thing. Instead of cutting it, couldn't she just washed it out first, but FIRST letting the parent know. I hate when ppl do that........Well I don't drink coffee but do you have tea?


Cafe Beth
by on Oct. 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM

That's the respectful route to go and it just makes sense. Well, to me anyway. LOL!

Love the coffee. Thank you!

Quoting LilyPondOasis:

Exactly Cafe Beth -- I worked in day care before and when kids got food in their hair or sand, we alerted parents and ASKED them if they wanted us to try to get it out of their hair or did they want to come get them. Plain and simple thing to do. Pick up the phone!

That was out of this world -- like this coffee !! Enjoy the coffee!

I love this image!



Cafe Beth
by on Oct. 2, 2012 at 10:31 AM

I'm very curious what the end result will be.

Here's your hot tea. Enjoy!


Quoting auntangelofsix:

Omg i would of lost it...the teacher has no reason messing with the girl's hair ..i would go over everyones head in the school and the school dis too...no coffee for me...hot tea please....


sumannie
by on Oct. 2, 2012 at 10:40 AM
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Quoting Cafe Beth:


:1 Thank you very much!!
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splatz
by Sarah on Oct. 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM
That doesn't even make any sense! They should have called her parent(s), pulled her hair back into a ponytail, or something... what sort of food was in it that required cutting all of her hair?

Then the fact that it was cut because she wouldn't stop taking it down? How ridiculous. That is so far beyond an appropriate punishment. I would not handle that well. That poor girl. :(
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Cafe Beth
by on Oct. 2, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I agree with you. It'd be interesting to hear their explanations as to why they felt they needed to do that. You know, the reasons beyond the basic "I did it because...".

Here's some coffee for you!


Quoting splatz:

That doesn't even make any sense! They should have called her parent(s), pulled her hair back into a ponytail, or something... what sort of food was in it that required cutting all of her hair?

Then the fact that it was cut because she wouldn't stop taking it down? How ridiculous. That is so far beyond an appropriate punishment. I would not handle that well. That poor girl. :(


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