Class Christmas Party Note Sparks Divide Between Parents And Teachers
Takaria Scott received a note from her daughter's school containing details and instructions for their upcoming end of year class Christmas party.
The note explained that each child is elected to bring one food item each to contribute towards the party.
Yet the US mum found one particular part of the note problematic, sharing her thoughts with fellow parents on Facebook.
"My philosophy is: they don't bring anything, they don't eat anything," the message from the class teacher read.
Ms Scott believed excluding children if they forgot to bring their food item was 'unacceptable' behaviour from a teacher.
"Now for these kids to be between six and seven years old, this should not be a philosophy," she wrote.
Kids are kids man. This is definitely not acceptable in my eyes.
The note then asks parents to confirm they have received the message via their child's Class Dojo, a classroom communication app used to share reports between parents and teachers.
Since sharing her message the social media platform, Ms Scott's post has gone viral, gaining over six thousand shares, three thousand comments and almost two thousand reactions.
Many parents labelled the behaviour as 'terrible', 'disgusting' and 'cruel', suggesting some families may be unable to contribute due to financial difficulties around Christmas time.
"That’s terrible. I would not want a teacher who feels children don’t deserve treats because their parents don’t participate. That’s disgusting," wrote one.
"This is unacceptable. These types of activities may create financial hardship for families. No child is to be excluded from any activity because of financial hardship," added another.
However, others pointed out the message was not intended for the students, but rather the parents who are too 'lazy' to contribute towards a class party.
"It’s just a shady, real message to the lazy parents that never participate or bring anything. They know who they are. Stop being sensitive," wrote one.
Teachers do a lot for them students but it’s unfair they have to cover cost for the lack of participation from some parents.
Another suggested while the delivery of the message from the teacher may not have been tactful, the purpose was not to exclude children from the celebration.
"The teacher's delivery is trash I agree, but all parents should contribute to their child’s classroom parties," the commenter pointed out.
Following the blow up on Facebook, the school district issued a response with Meridian Public School District superintendent Dr Amy Carter acknowledging the contents of the note.
Dr Carter apologised for the letter sent home, noting: “We want our students to view school as a safe space."
Dr Carter clarified all children would be able to participate in the Christmas party regardless of what snack they brought with them on the day.
“All students will participate and no students will be made to feel uncomfortable if they don’t bring refreshments,” she said.
Yet the the apparent lack of reprimand for the teacher still left parents disgruntled.
"So in other words, the teacher gets no punishment. Sad," wrote one.
However another defended the teacher, writing: "So glad to see the teacher didn’t get fired."
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