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Outrage Over Teacher Note



BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) -- A Buffalo teacher could be in hot water after sending a note home with her pre-kindergarten students saying some of them were showing up to school so dirty she didn't want to touch them.

Parents say the handwritten note was sent home by a teacher at the Buffalo School District's BUILD Academy. The Nov. 14 letter says several of the 3- and 4-year-old children "also give off unpleasant smells."

The letter also requests the signatures of parent and child to confirm it was received.

The Buffalo News reports the school board concluded the teacher should face disciplinary action.

Kimberly Wells says she was shocked by the letter her granddaughter brought home. She says it made the girl ask if her teacher thinks she stinks.


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11/23/2013 8:09AM
Outrage Over Teacher Note
What are you thinking?
11/23/2013 8:16AM
Teacher may be right
I think the teacher is probably right, but needs to take a course in Teacher-Parent relations
11/23/2013 8:22AM
I think the teacher did the right thing
If people aren't keeping their kids clean, which is pretty basic a thing to do, they need to be educated about it.
11/23/2013 8:25AM
Teachers note is warranted
If you think it is so appalling try going to school and sitting in a room with the fear of contracting or bringing home disease because parents don't take pride in their child's appearance, or better yet actually bring home for instance lice.I bet after one round of having to subject your family to the hell of having to strip your house down, wash everything and the utter feeling of disgust you will have a totally different outlook on why this letter went home.
11/23/2013 8:44AM
Personal Hygiene
There are plenty of teaching aids for personal hygiene-which is learned at home. Teachers should send the children home with one of these booklets in the hope that it will sink in. Parents with cooties have children with cooties
11/23/2013 9:17AM
I think the teacher did the right thing as well
Sometimes the truth hurts. If you are letting your little child go to school filthy and giving off bad odors it needs to be addressed.I am so tired of the manufactured outrage. I cant wait for the race card to make its appearance in this one
11/23/2013 9:41AM
Teacher was right
I have worked in the schools systems as a secretary and once in awhile a child comes through (sometime even a parent) that hygiene is unbearable. Its distracting and hard to concentrate. How do you talk to a parent directly on a subject? You can't. The note was perfect. Teacher was right.
11/23/2013 10:08AM
.Issues such as these should be a call to action for everyone
The issues involved with this particular circumstance are complex and extremely sad. At the center of the problem is the significant poverty that exists in our community. Couple that with the segregation that has been rampant throughout parts of our region for generations and you have the formula for social problems that defy easy answers. If until everyone in the Buffalo area understands that we ARE one community and the challenges some are confronted with, usually through no fault of their own, are OUR COLLECTIVE PROBLEMS, we will be satisfied pointing the finger at others. It's simply easier than accepting the fact that we all have a responsibility to play a role in improving the conditions of ALL
11/23/2013 10:10AM
Teacher should have gone through chain of command!
Teacher should have talked to the head of the Academy. Let them handle the situation. Either a private consultation with individual parents or an "Official" letter should have been sent to the parent's. I will assume the Academy has atleast 1 nurse who the teacher could have talk to about the sanitary condition of the pre school student.
11/23/2013 10:23AM
Teacher needs to go back to school.
It's unkempt, not unkept.
11/23/2013 10:29AM
Good for the teacher
Instead of more "outrage" (everything is outrage today), the school district should first contact the parents of the kids coming to school in that condition and let them know what is expected. If that does not work, call child welfare. It is simply not acceptable for this to continue.
11/23/2013 10:40AM
Outrage of Teacher note
To the poster regarding lice, lice actually prefer clean hair and it doesn't occur because of lack of hygiene. It is easier for lice to lay their eggs on clean strands of hair because they stick to it better than on dirty, greasy hair. Lice can be picked up off a hotel room bed, a booth at a restaurant, etc. not just "dirty" kids. Just saying. Also there was a better way to word this letter. The fact that you would subject a child to sign off on a letter saying that they are dirty is cruel. A pre-K child has no power over how many baths they receive or the clothes that they have to wear.
11/23/2013 11:02AM
What is society coming to?
The problem is not the teacher but the parents who are not keeping their children clean. The teacher did the correct action. The teacher could of singled out the particular children but instead did a blanket letter so as not to attack a particular parent(s). The teacher should give it a few weeks for the results and if the results do not occur, child protective services need to be contacted. Fact is soap and water do not cost that much. As for discipline of the teacher...that is absurd. Teacher acted in a professional manner.
11/23/2013 11:25AM
The alternative would have been to call CPS
I think the teacher was not out of line. She did not finger one child or parent, maybe the parents would have been more happy to have child protective services get involved for neglecting their child
11/23/2013 11:36AM
Other course of action
Maybe the parents would have appreciated more if the teacher called children services over unkept kids. To me she was too nice by sending a note, it is the lazy drug addict parents who need a wake up call. Maybe some CPS involvement might wake them up,or at least get the kids into an environment where people care about them and they are just not seen as more money on the welfare check
11/23/2013 11:58AM
Teacher is great
I agree with the teacher, I see kids all the time out in public and think, don't these ppl ever clean this kid?
11/23/2013 12:06PM
Call CPS
If I was the teacher, I wouldn't have given the lousy parents the courtesy of note. I would have called Child Protective Services. These poor kid. It's such a shame we allow just anyone in our society to raise children when so many people are simply not equipped to do it.
11/23/2013 12:09PM
Sad
The last line of that article. "It made the girl ask if her teacher thinks she stinks." Whether the teacher THINKS she stinks or not is not the question. It is a fact that the little girl does stink. The question is why do we allow people to be parents when they think it is acceptable to send their kids to school dirty and stinking?
11/23/2013 12:29PM
Justified perhaps, but you took the wrong approach there, teach!
The teacher may have been justified in her feelings, but you just don't send a note like that home with a little kid.There were a MILLION other ways she could have addressed it...perhaps through the school nurse, or some sort of social outreach program. It is shocking how some people don't think about what they are doing before they do it. Did she think this hand-written message would be well received?
11/23/2013 12:41PM
What's the uproar??
If this teacher would have singled out the children with dirty clothes, he/she would have been in hot water for that. I think this teacher could have handled it better but I don't have a problem telling parents they should be bathing their children and washing their clothes. Basic facts!
11/23/2013 1:20PM
consult a colueage 1st.
Social services should be contacted if this is a consistent problem.
11/23/2013 1:26PM
dirty kids
I think these parents should be turned into child protection service for not taken care of their child and not picking on the teacher. most likely their house is in the same boat
11/23/2013 1:44PM
Shame on the partents!
Obviously this was a letter meant for the parents. I doubt any 3-4 year old read it themselves and come to a conclusion that "her teacher thinks she stinks" And if she stinks then she stinks...its not a judgement call. But wait a minute, this is probably more about a lawsuit and perhaps some easy money as any parent in their RIGHT mind would not want to bring attention to their unclean, unkept child. If the teacher cannot focus on her work, and the lack of hygiene is a distraction, then it requires a solution. Disciplining the teacher is not a solution. The school board members are the ones that should be disciplined for their irrational, unjustified and uncaring (of the children) stance.
11/23/2013 4:45PM
Could have been handled much better
The teacher is correct in voicing concerns over this but never should have involved the kids. It's not their fault. I would the proper procedure would be to go to the school administration first, and let them check out the kids discreetly and seeif they agree. If so, they should call a PRIVATE meeting with the parents to discuss it.
11/23/2013 5:36PM
Teacher should have approached it differently, but I think she was right to do something!
I had a friend who worked as a school secretary and she told me some children attend school in their pajamas! Let alone clean, fed and ready to learn. I guess the teacher needs to go home with that child and see what their parents look like! People that don't take care of themselves don't take care of their children either.
11/23/2013 6:25PM
have seen worse with kids!
My wife had to actually send a child home on a Saturday, when the mother was in bed, blotto, and was angry at her child for dressing himself, and walking to school because he was excited to learn and didn't want to be late. But, readers are correctin the fact that kids are not clean, and often the homes they are from are not fit for barn animals!
11/23/2013 6:28PM
The teacher was justified in her request
If people aren't take care of the simplest needs, eg: keeping their children clean, what else do these poor babies have to endure? Image a few years from now if it isn't addressed now!!! I agree with the teacher and think disciplining her would be totally wrong.
11/23/2013 6:51PM
Speak in specifics
Experience shows that this issue (and several others) must be addressed with sensitivity to the specific parent of the specific child involved. An announcement (even in the form of a note) to the general audience often results in innocent people feelingguily and offenders feeling that "this isn't about me" and the issue persists. A note home to all parents is insensitive.
11/23/2013 6:51PM
Wrong approach, right message
The missing part of this story is what was said to the parents who are sending their children to school 'unclean.'
11/23/2013 7:52PM
She is right.
I see nothing wrong here.
11/23/2013 9:34PM
I agree with the teacher
If I was a teacher I would do the same thing but totally approach it in a completely different way more discreet way
11/24/2013 2:43AM
maybe the truth hurts
If the truth hurts do something about it. Years ago a kid that smelled like a ripe diaper would be scrubbed in the shower by the gym teacher and sent home in clean clothes from the nurses office.
11/24/2013 7:47AM
Sometimes the truth hurts
Although it may not have been the most tactful note. Sometimes the truth hurts.
11/24/2013 8:16AM
O sweet irony
Take a look at the condition of your double-wide before posting, Limbaugh fan.
11/24/2013 8:21AM
If it is true, it is the right thing to do..
I applaud the teacher for having the courage to do the right thing and speak up on the behalf of those poor kids and their classmates. We live in a society that people often don't care about basic grooming- those families should be embarrassed to send their children/grandchildren to school where they are subject to this- it does not cost anything to be neat and clean except time and interest. What is wrong with people? Of course, now the teacher will be subject to discipline because she did the right thing in this politically correct society where even if the family live like pigs, you have to be "sensitive" to their feelings. GIve me a break...
11/25/2013 8:20AM
only common sense.
If they stink they stink. clean them up, it is only common sense. some people can't stand the truth.
11/25/2013 11:05AM
Call Child Protective Services
I wouldn't have taken this on myself, leave it up to school administration to contact CPS if it is so bad it warrents it.
11/25/2013 11:08AM
Long over due
This note should have gone home with every child, and it should have come from the Principal.
11/25/2013 1:59PM
Teacher was wrong!
Every teacher has had that problem at some point in his/her career. The teacher should have handled it better, like maybe ask the social worker or nurse to help out. The letter was harsh. Also, She should know better after almost 30 years of teaching that most 3-4 year olds cannot write their names on such a small line. Not "age appropriate." The letter was unprofessional as well and looked sloppy. (Talk about sloppy, messy, Ha!) It should have been typed in my opinion.
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