Holiday parties at school are supposed to be fun for everyone, but one teacher is being blasted for setting a rule that could have left some kids watching their friends from the sidelines.
Mom Takaria Scott recently shared a letter sent home by her kid’s teacher about their upcoming holiday party. The note asks parent what their kids will bring to the party, and then basically says if they don’t bring something, they can’t participate. The note read, “My philosophy is: If they [the children] don't bring anything, they don't eat anything.”
Takaria was appalled, sharing the letter on social media and writing, "This is definitely not acceptable in my eyes,” and adding, "Now for these kids to be between 6-7 years this should not be a philosophy. Kids are kids man."
As you’d expect, folks on the Internet definitely had something to say, with the post being receiving over 3,100 comments, but, believe it or not, not everyone sided with Takaria.
- “But the [expletive] parent can muster up a few bucks for cigarettes and other irrelevant stuff but can’t buy a big bag of chips for a 1 dollar at Dollar Tree," one person wrote. "Stop making excuses for them non-participating parents." While another added, "Makes sense it’s instilling the real world into their life."
- But many folks agreed that a kid shouldn’t be punished if their parents aren’t able to chip in.
- “So the kids who can't afford to bring anything will sit and watch others eat?" one woman noted. "Way to teach children compassion, community service ... Oh wait! Teacher clearly failed at that." While another added, "What ever happened to kindness, love and giving? To deny a child food is heartless."
- But there is a happy ending to the story. After Takaria’s post went viral, the school’s superintendent reached out and apologized, sending a letter that read, “I want to assure our families and students that all students will participate and no students will be made to feel uncomfortable if they don't bring refreshments."