Friday, April 01, 2011

Teacher posts, mocks picture of student on Facebook

Teachers are supposed to help children, "raise them up," not mock them. Thus comes the tale of a Chicago, IL student, who wore Jolly Rancher candies in her hair to school, only to have a teacher take a picture --- not because she thought the hairstyle was cute, but in order to post it to Facebook along with a mocking message.

The girl, Ukailya Lofton, 7, is a student at Overton Elementary School in Chicago. Her favorite subject is math. She loves dressing up, and on Picture Day last week, she wanted to have Jolly Rancher candies at the ends of her braids.

That day, her computer teacher just "had" to have a picture of Lofton. You might expect that to be the end of the story, but it's just the beginning:
"She told me her teacher told her to put her hair in her face and she took out her cell phone and she took a picture, not knowing she was putting my baby on Facebook and criticize her," said Lucinda Williams, mother.

Williams says she copied some of the comments from the teacher's Facebook page. The teacher allegedly wrote, "right, this is for picture day." Then someone commented,"if you are going to make your child look ridiculous, the least you can do is have them matching." Another wrote,"yeah, this is foolishness." And one added, "I laughed so hard that my contact popped out."
The district and school are looking into the matter, and will take proper action, if school policies have been violated.

Meanwhile, Williams is considering legal action.

Interestingly, the mocking has not stopped. Instead of at Facebook, they now appear anywhere this story is posted. For example, comments at the local ABC News site show a lack of caring, and perhaps even some degree of racism and stereotyping. One said:
Did she buy those jolly ranchers with foodstamps? Maybe if more in the black community wore their junkfood in their hair the obesity epidemic would slow down. I also have to assume that this is a white teacher because if she was black, there would be no fuss. It would just be another day (hear elvis's voice)"in the ghetto". Wonder what the mammy would do if her daughter woke up with rat bites all over her head and face cuz dem racist rats be wantin dey jolly rancher. wait one minute i'm all wrong. her mammy be prwepa...
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