How many of us play with our hair? Twirl it around our finger, muss it, fuss with it, gather it up and let it fall, shake our heads just enough to set the beads clicking? Yeah, that’s right. We do it. A lot. And we’re mothers. We’re grown ups! Can you imagine how hard it is for a first grader to stop playing with her beautiful, braided hair?
Well, when Lamya Cammon didn’t stop twirling a braid in her fingers, her teacher called her to the front of the class and cut that braid right off her head. In front of everybody.
ABC 12News in Wisconsin has the story: “Teacher cuts off Girl’s Braid in Front of Class”.
The teacher was fined $175 for ‘disorderly conduct’ and apologized to the girl’s mother. According to the article, the mother got the apology, and an excuse: “But I was frustrated”, the teacher said.
Frustrated? When someone cuts in front of you in the grocery line, do you punch them? What is this teacher going to do with the kid who just can’t sit still? Duct tape him to the wall? How about the kid who won’t stop whispering? Or any of the hundreds of fidgety, wiggly, noisy things that first graders do?
I mean, come on. Send her to the office if her hair is too distracting. Ask her to sit in the hall until she can concentrate on the lessons and not her hair. But cut it off? And the class laughed at her. Way to make education a rewarding experience, Ms. Teacher.
I won’t tell you to get in touch with the school and let them know that this sort of conduct is unacceptable, but if you wanted to call Congress Elementary or write them a letter, I think you can find all you need here. And since the article I’m reading doesn’t mention the teacher by name, I’m just going to tell you that the little girl, Lamya Cammon, is in first grade. And the ‘frustrated’ teacher is still working in the school.
And that her teacher publicly humiliated the littler girl — and made her cry in front of her whole class.