August 27, 2018

North Carolina mom in 'disbelief' after son, 10, punished for calling teacher 'ma'am'

Dana Mathewson

I, too, am in disbelief. We often read of instances where manners are called into question these days. Not often are good manners castigated -- are they?

The mother of a 10-year-old boy in North Carolina is outraged that her son was recently punished for calling his fifth grade teacher "ma’am.”

"I was in disbelief,” Teretha Wilson, the boy’s mother, told Fox News on Saturday.

Wilson noticed her son, Tamarion, was not himself when she picked him up from the bus stop earlier this week.

"I asked him what was wrong, and he told me he got in trouble for saying 'ma’am' to a teacher. I was confused,” she said.

Inquiring further, Wilson asked her son to give more detail about the incident. That’s when the fifth-grader at North East Carolina Preparatory School in Tarboro, North Carolina, pulled out a piece of lined paper with the word ma’am written dozens of times.

Wilson was shocked, especially when Tamarion told her that his teacher, who has not been formally identified, told him that he was required to return the piece of paper with a parent’s signature.

The young boy also claimed that the teacher threatened to throw something at him during the incident, his mother said.

"He was disappointed because he felt like he had done something wrong,” she said.

The next afternoon, Wilson went to the school to meet with Tamarion’s teacher and the school's principal. With her she brought a separate piece of paper on which her son had written the definition of ma’am. (According to the Oxford Dictionaries, ma’am is defined as "a term of respectful or polite address used for a woman”).

Wilson claims Tamarion’s teacher told her that her son "was getting on her nerve when he called her ma’am" but "couldn’t give me a reason of why that was bad.” The teacher also claimed Tamarion knew that she wasn’t serious when she allegedly threatened to throw something at him, Wilson said.

Tamarion has been placed in a different teacher’s class since the incident occured.

In a statement to ABC 11, an official with the school called the situation a "personnel matter,” which "has been handled appropriately by the K-7 principal.”

The link to this article is given below. Frankly, I'm left unsatisfied. I don't understand what the teacher's problem is with the kid. I don't understand why the K-7 principal feels the situation has "been handled appropriately (as stated above). If merely placing the kid in another classroom is enough, maybe it's just a matter of a surly teacher. I think there is much more than has been stated here. You notice there is no mention of race, though I've never heard of a white kid named Tamarion. And maybe he's not addressing the teacher in a respectful tone of voice. Who knows?

But a kid calling his teacher "Ma'am" normally would not be a problem. It would be nothing more than... good manners. So what's the beef?

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