Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Ok for a TEACHER to spray down a child with AIR FRESHINER ?

Posted by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:34 AM
  • 66 Replies

 

Poll

Question: Should this teacher be fired IF THIS IS TRUE?

Options:

yes

no

other


Only group members can vote in this poll.

Total Votes: 110

View Results

 

School board sorry after Nfld. teacher sprays kid with air freshener because of fish lunch

TWILLINGATE, NFLD.- The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, Feb. 07, 2012 1:02PM EST
Last updated Tuesday, Feb. 07, 2012 3:09PM EST
Click Here

A Newfoundland school board has apologized and put one if its teachers on paid leave for spraying air freshener on a 10-year-old boy who ate fried fish for lunch.

The Nova Central School District has launched an investigation into last Thursday's incident at the Twillingate Island Elementary School.

"The district takes any such matters very seriously," the school board said in a statement Tuesday. "We regret that this situation has occurred."

Patti Rideout, the boy's mother, says her son returned to school last Thursday after a lunch of fried capelin, a fish that is similar to smelt but more slender.

"When he went back to school, he was teased (by) his classmates, and his teacher took him out of the class for an hour," she said from Twillingate.

"After that, she came out and she sprayed him with spray because he smelled like cooked capelin.

"At first I was angry and very, very hurt," Ms. Rideout said. "I called his teacher, actually, and ... asked her why didn't she call me or let me know what was happening at the school?"

Ms. Rideout said her son could have got the spray in his eyes or had an allergic reaction. She said she wants an apology directly from the teacher, adding that she should be fired.

"I don't want that teacher teaching - not just my son, but any little girl or boy because it's unreal what she has done," she said.

"I don't want it to happen to anybody else's son."

The school board declined to make anyone available for an interview, and the teacher could not be reached for comment.

"A school district representative met with the parent yesterday and an apology has been issued to the family," says the board's statement.

Twillingate, famous for its yearly iceberg sightings, is a picturesque fishing community of about 2,400 people off Newfoundland's northeast coast.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/school-board-sorry-after-nfld-teacher-sprays-kid-with-air-freshener-because-of-fish-lunch/article2329515/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=Home&utm_content=2329515

by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:34 AM
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Replies (1-10):
Kool_Aide
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:35 AM
4 moms liked this
Maybe it was meant as a joke, and this seems very over exaggerated. I'm sure she didn't soak the child. People freak out over everything. It's sad.
JennyTime
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:37 AM
2 moms liked this
Reprimanded, not fired. As a mother I would be upset over the embarrassment my child is dealing with.
Posted on CafeMom Mobile
MommyFlood
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:38 AM
4 moms liked this
? She sent him outside for an HOUR and then sprayed him.
What about that leads you to believe this is over exaggerating? A sprtiz? Probably a joke and in good fun. Sending a child out of class for an hour, then spraying them? No, not a joke and not ok.


Quoting Kool_Aide:

Maybe it was meant as a joke, and this seems very over exaggerated. I'm sure she didn't soak the child. People freak out over everything. It's sad.
Posted on CafeMom Mobile
gypsy_rose
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:40 AM
4 moms liked this

A joke at a childs expense? THAT IS BEING A BULLY and a teacher who bullies does not need to be teaching acording to me. Also what if he was allergic to perfumes and she didn't know that? It could have killed him! Also what if it got in his eyes? It could cause serious damage to the eyes! this is NOT the fabric refresher (even though I woudl be upset about that to) This is AIR FRESHINER. SUPER perfume and MAJOR chemicals!

gypsy_rose
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:42 AM

BUMP!

Smcclellan7080
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:46 AM

I would be beyond livid.

SarahSue87
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:46 AM
1 mom liked this

i have mixed feelings on this, yes the teacher took it too far, BUT at the same time if it was causing a distraction to the kids she should have sent the child to the nurse, there was a girl in school who went to the nurse about once a week in school because she smelled horrific, wouldnt take a shower, it was so bad it would make others nauseaus. i dont think she should be fired, but maybe she should have to do detentions for the month or something. idk. 

MommyFlood
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:48 AM
I'm just curious and I'm not being a jerk, but would you be OK with the school telling you what you can/can't feed your child at home? The article leads one to believe the child when home for lunch, so how would you feel if the school said you couldn't feed your kids something in particular if they were returning to school?

Quoting SarahSue87:

i have mixed feelings on this, yes the teacher took it too far, BUT at the same time if it was causing a distraction to the kids she should have sent the child to the nurse, there was a girl in school who went to the nurse about once a week in school because she smelled horrific, wouldnt take a shower, it was so bad it would make others nauseaus. i dont think she should be fired, but maybe she should have to do detentions for the month or something. idk. 

Posted on CafeMom Mobile
onefootcutiepie
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:50 AM
1 mom liked this

 

Quoting Kool_Aide:

Maybe it was meant as a joke, and this seems very over exaggerated. I'm sure she didn't soak the child. People freak out over everything. It's sad.

 I don't know about you, but I am not mean to my kids when joking around. That is not an appropriate way for a teacher to "joke" with a child. Humiliation is not a joke, it's mean. We call that bullying.

Katherine696997
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:53 AM
Quoting Kool_Aide:

Maybe it was meant as a joke, and this seems very over exaggerated. I'm sure she didn't soak the child. People freak out over everything. It's sad.


Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)