A father showed outrage after seeing feedback on his son’s homework, where a teacher wrote the youngster’s efforts were ‘absolutely pathetic’ and ‘sad’.
His son who studies in Valley View Elementary School returned home from school with notes on his homework that said: “Absolutely pathetic. He answered 13 in 3 min! Sad.”
Chris Piland who is from Pennsylvania, United States, posted the photo of son Kamdyn’s math homework on Facebook and wrote, “My son Kamdyn’s teacher has been so rude to him and myself all year.
“He comes home with this and I am beyond frustrated that someone would write this on a child’s work. Such great motivation.”
The Facebook post of Chris went viral and an online petition surfaced to fire the teacher from the school.
“Alyssa Rupp Bohenek is a teacher for the Valley View school district that thinks it’s ok to bully and talk down to her students and needs to be removed,” the campaign said.
“Fire Alyssa Rupp Bohenek.”
However, not every person agreed with Chris as a counter-petition on Change.com has now also been set up to support the teacher.
The petition’s description reads: “It’s a petition in support of Alyssa Rupp Bohenk from The Valley View School District to keep her job. What she wrote on the students paper may have been wrong to do, It is something she should reprimanded for but certainly not fired over.”
“I think her comment was aimed at the parents and perfectly warranted. Get off of social media and practice with your child!!” one person commented.
“Social media should not be used as a source for unhappy parents. They’re calling her a bully, and what are THEY doing to her now?”
Another person said: “I’m sure you’ve all said some shitty things to your kids. You’re just mad because someone else said it.”
Chris has since posted an update about the matter, writing: “Thanks to all the efforts and support of the dedicated people who signed and shared this petition, I’m happy to announce that the teacher in question is currently being investigated by the Valley View school board.”
School superintendent Rose Minniti said: “It’s a personal issue and the results of that are not going to be dictated by social media.
“It’s going to be dictated by the facts and evidence.
“As always with everything, we’re going to try to do what’s best for the students and what we need to do for the employee under investigation.”
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