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Old 02-03-2018, 09:10 PM
 
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Hi, long story short....a kindergartner cut his hair while we were doing a project. I contacted Mom, took his scissors away after chatting/etc. And she was ok until he got home. He had a chunk missing from his hair. She sent me a nasty email that was so over the top that I sent it to my principal and asked her to respond. My principal said I should have called admin when he cut his hair. I was really confused as we have a huge school and by the time they contacted his mom it would be weeks later. I have been teaching k for a long time and never thought this would be an admin issue unless he cut someone elseís hair. I feel like I just had two blows. I work hard every day and did not feel supported at all. Is this usually an admin issue?


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You did the right thing. My guess is when mom saw it she was mad at child but didn't want to take it out on him/her so you get to be the scapegoat.

Kinders cut their hair all the time. Often it was the kids who never got to use them at home.
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I teach 2nd grade and had a 2nd grader who cut her own hair. I e-mailed mom and grandma (she lives with both) and they laughed it off. I can't imagine involving my principal! Kids will be kids! Geesh.

I agree that mom was mad at son, but took it out on you. Like you could have prevented it from happening!!!

Put all this out of your mind. You did nothing wrong. You couldn't have prevented it. Kids will be kids. Parents will be parents. Not your problem! Seriously, I wouldn't give it another thought!
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Often it was the kids who never got to use them at home.
Yes, because, usually kids do this at 2 or 3, when they first start using scissors. My DD did it at 2. Beware the silence when a 2 YO is in the house!

I understand why you feel upset. And I am sorry that this happened. You went to admin for help & they threw you under the bus. When things like this happen, I try to give my P a heads up so that if they hear something from a parent, they heard it from me first. But I agree that you need to put it out of your mind. 5 YO knows not to cut own hair. Mom knows this but now she is embarrassed by kid's missing chunk, so blames you. Not your fault.
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Thank you everyone! I did get an email from my principal saying that I should respond back with her ccd and include an apology. I had a hard time doing this because I didnít cut his hair or do anything wrong in my opinion. I just said Iím sorry you were inconvenienced and had to take him to the barber. These are the standard kindergarten scissors and youíre welcome to send in safety scissors. She said that I was responsible because I bought the supplies and sheís buying everyone training scissors. Her email was ridiculous. She also got mad because I sent the kids out to recess in the rain (every class does and we have indercovered areas). She accused me of trying to giver her son the flu.


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Well, by not supporting you and asking you to apologize the P just gave that psycho parent carte blanche to blame you for everything from the rain to to sky being blue. It will cause you a lot of headache, but take some pleasure in knowing it will cause the P more (you only have the kid a year, the P will have to deal with this parent for the next 5 ).

Also, if it makes you feel better, my brightest 3rd grader cut her eyebrows when I had a sub. Mom put the blame where it belonged, on the kid, and sent her to school with her 2 year old brother’s safety scissors.
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Oh my - so sorry you have to deal with crazy mom. There's no way I would have taken that to admin. But I'd be happy for a new class set of scissors!
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That is my thoughts exactly. Iíve been teaching kinder for 10 years. I didnít do anything wrong. I even contacted the parent immediately. Not sure what I even could do differently. Iím not stubborn and am usually laid back but I feel weird about sending an apology. Iím giving myself a day. Iím afraid if I send an email things will just get worse. And now if I donít Iím not following my principalís ďdirectionsĒ.
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The apology bit would bother me greatly! You did NOTHING wrong. Grrrrrrr!!! I am ticked for you!

Is your P one you can go and talk to about "what exactly you are supposed to apologize for"?

Not watching the students closer?
Having the wrong types of scissors in class?
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I think this is ridiculous. Your P sounds like a wimp to the nth degree!
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It gets worse. Iím in tears. Mom cane to school pissed and waited for principal, and I emailed my principal today (Monday) if she still wanted me to send the email to Mom. She responded ďyou didnít send communication yet? No wonder Mom came in upsetĒ I was going to send it today because itís Monday. Iím not sure what I could have done differently. I contacted Mom on Friday. I ended up sending an email just now apologizing profusely just to end it. I guess Mom wants to have a meeting with admin and me. I wish she would just stop. And my principal is putting all the blame on me.


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Wow. Again, I remain ticked for you and your situation.

Stupidity at its finest.

4 more months dealing with this lame parent. You can do it.

As for your P...I'm speechless. True wimp!
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Old 02-06-2018, 07:15 PM
 
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That's terrible! I am so sorry your P doesn't have your back. So it happened on Friday & because you didn't send "apology" until Monday, she was at Ps door on Monday morning??? That stinks! Good luck with this PITA parent. Unfortunately, It's probably not the last you'll hear from her this year, especially since P is a wimp.
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Old 02-07-2018, 07:07 PM
 
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I'm sorry you have such a complete idiot for a P
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Not the last...she actually came INTO my classroom this morning unannounced and she didn't check in. She threatened me and told me that she doesn't want her son near my scissors (they are the standard K Fiskar scissors) and that even in first grade she wants him using the safety scissors. I emailed admin and they just responded with "don't worry about first grade". I should not have to deal with this and decided when the transfers come out...I'm looking.
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Old 02-08-2018, 06:25 PM
 
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she actually came INTO my classroom this morning unannounced and she didn't check in. She threatened me
Your P really is crap if that happened and the parent isn't in trouble. Absolutely no way anyone should be allowed to threaten you without consequences. If a parent pulled that at my school, all communication would be required to go through admin.
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Talk about lack of security in your school. She shouldn't be able to get down to your classroom without signing in and better yet having an escort. What if she had a gun? It's happened and probably over less. Your principal is a wimp and could cause a lot more issues by being one.
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They all cut their hair.... . And some kids are so weird-ish (and immature enough) that they don't understand to never do it again! Some will! So...... even across the world, yes, please know, in my school, two have already cut their hair. You have done nothing wrong and feel free to express that to Admin!

Mum then, can deal with his lack of fine motor skills since he can't use proper scissors.... AND sorry to say but IMHO, female Principals are the WORST!! You have not been blessed there- but don't let this stop you loving the rest of your children- don't forget the others. They are your proiority. I wish you well with much positivity ahead.
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For Lilybabe---- I can't believe your post!!
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Sounds like it's time for a transfer. Your principal is unbelievable! I'm so sorry this happened to you.
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You don't think with all the school shootings that it is scary that an irate parent can get to a classroom and threaten a teacher?
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Let me guess . . . is the child a firstborn or only?

My own three all cut some of their own hair around ages 4 -5. My daughter did it right before preschool picture day! My son even cut the cat's short hair. You did everything right. Your P is being walked over by the parent.
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