[Daily News] – A kindergarten teacher in Tennessee was suspended after she ordered students to surround one boy in the class and “oink” at him because the boy was messy, school official said. Debbie Hayes, a teacher at Bowers Elementary School, was caught by another teacher who walked into her room on March 16 and saw the gang of kindergartners oinking, squealing and snorting at the crying boy. “The students in the circle were ‘oinking’ and making pig sounds at the little boy,” a letter about the incident read, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. The teacher who saw the incident told the principal, Candace Lett, who met with Hayes the next day. Hayes told Lett that she was fed up with the student’s sloppy habits and, on the day of the incident, she told him, “Your area looks like a pig sty. Oink. Oink.” Students told school officials that Hayes told them to gather around the child and “call him a pig and make noises,” according to the report. McGriff told Hayes she was “appalled with the actions in this situation.” “It’s a black eye on the profession,” McGriff told the Sentinel. “It’s a black eye on our schools.” Hayes admitted that the incident was inappropriate and said she didn’t realize that the kids were taunting the boy. Hayes, who has been teaching in the county for 38 years and makes about $44,000, was suspended for the day on March 18 and officially reprimanded. The school offered to transfer the taunted child to a different classroom, but the mother declined.
Poor Debbie Hayes. A fearless educator, unashamed to try any and all methods to teach an early life lesson. Would it have been better for her to lie to Pigpen and pretend as though he’s just like all the other kids? Ignore the paste fingerprints & chewed up Spiderman pencils all over his desk so he could grow up thinking it’s OK to be gross? She should’ve left it alone and let him blaze through adolescence consequence-free, only to have the YouTube video of him getting his filthy ass beat by some middle school bullies blogged by me when I’m 40, right? Miss Hayes did this kid a favor his folks never would. I mean how do you think he became such a slob in the first place? His parents are either dilapidated douchebags themselves or they’re just the type of people who would sue the school because their failure of a seed got picked last during recess. A black eye to the profession? Fuck you. Debbie Hayes is a selfless hero, sacrificing a day of her $44k salary and welcoming the ridicule of pussy parents nationwide to forever change the life of one sloppy fucking kid for the better. A beacon of hope in America’s educational system. Honestly, I haven’t seen teaching like this since Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds. Let’s just hope this backlash doesn’t waste her efforts and let this snot nose think being disgusting isn’t disgusting.