One teacher is definitely not getting into the holiday spirit this season.
On Dec. 10, Facebook user Takaria Scott posted a teacher’s note sent home with their child. In it, the teacher writes if children do not bring a food item for the party, they will not be allowed to eat.
Takaria highlighted to section, where the teacher wrote: “My philosophy is: if they don’t bring anything they don’t eat anything.” The post has received more than 1,800 reactions, 3,000 comments and 6,300 shares on Facebook.
People were furious a teacher would put that much pressure on a child and parents who may not be able to afford to purchase food for an entire classroom.
Word about the note traveled to Twitter, where people had the same reactions.
nope, we don’t punish children for the actions of their parents. we don’t punish children for being poor. this screams privilege. where does this teacher live, my coworkers and i just wanna talk. https://t.co/b9WbsJJ8l2— messy chip 🧁 (@messy_chip) December 14, 2019
I want to hand her my receipt from target for $120 from my classes party yesterday. Plus the the receipts from the 3 others teachers who contributed over $50 worth of food. Not one of our kids brought in a thing. Those are my children not just students— Kirsten Brooks (@KBrooksy22) December 14, 2019
In sept I bought $80 worth of snacks to have on hand at all times because school is possibly the only place they get food to fill them up. My heart hurts for those kiddos 💜— 🐼 J 🍑 (@NYSleepQueen) December 14, 2019
Definitely not ok! I live in a poor district and there are plenty of kids that don’t bring a snack everyday that I give snacks to. You can’t punish the child for their home situation.— Pregnancy After Infertility (@canwegetIVFbaby) December 14, 2019
A woman said this under the picture & this is SAD pic.twitter.com/3BF8MjnfCY— ✨Queen of Zamunda✨👑 (@JoyyUnSpeakable) December 12, 2019
I always sent extra field trip fees for that very reason. No kid should have to stay behind.— Carol Lloyd Neill (@1864house) December 12, 2019
Luckily, the note gained enough attention across social media that the Meridian Public School District’s superintendent addressed it in a Dec. 12 memo, posted on their Facebook page.
Facebook users were pleased with the school district’s prompt attention to the matter and support for the students.