• Teacher complains about preschoolers’ hygiene

    Date: 12.30.13 | by Judge Tom.

    Sharon Perry Dunnigan taught pre-kindergarten at the Build Academy in Buffalo, New York. Her students were 3 and 4 years old. Apparently some of her kids came to school without washing up or wearing clean clothes.

    Instead of talking to the parents about her concerns, she sent a note home with all of the kids complaing about their hygiene. She asked the parents to sign the note and return it so she could confirm that they received it. Dunnigan wrote that it was ”difficult for me to be close to them or even want to touch them.” She called the issue a “health and safety concern.”

    Parents of students at the Build Academy were outraged at Dunnigan’s ”URGENT NOTICE!!!”

    BuffaloTeachersNoteWhat do you think of this approach to the problem the teacher had with her class? Was there a better, less embarassing way to handle it?  The school board is reportedly considering what action it may take.  “Sending that letter home to all parents is offensive and almost shows a contempt for the children,” Samuel Radford III, president of the District Parent Coordinating Council commented.

    In August, 2013, high school teacher Alexander Taylor, age 32, was in court for sentencing. He pled guilty to misconduct in a sexting incident with a 16-year-old student. He sent a photo of his clothed crotch to her on Snapchat with ongoing messages. Taylor agreed to give up his teaching certificate and his job. He will be on probation for 18 months, pay for the victim’s counseling and spend ten days in jail.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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