Teacher Forces Kindergartners to Taunt Boy as Pig, Chant ‘Oink’

April 14, 2011

(ChattahBox US News)—Debbie Hayes, a school teacher who has taught kindergarten in Tennessee for 38-years, needs to retire before she does further harm. Hayes does not like messy little boys. So, she decided to instruct a classroom of five-year-olds, at Bowers Elementary School, on the finer points of bullying and taunting. Hayes scolded the messy boy in question as a pig and began to “oink” at him. She then ordered the children under her care to surround their fellow classmate, and taunt and degrade him with pig noises. The boy broke down in tears, while Hayes watched on approvingly. This poor excuse for a human being was merely slapped on the wrist with a written reprimand and a one-day suspension without pay.

Thankfully, another teacher witnessed Hayes’ abuse of a kindergartner and reported the ugly scene to the principal. Hayes defended her public bullying of a little boy, saying she was “tired of the student’s messiness.”

WBIR-TV10 has the report on the incident and the contents of the letter of reprimand sent to Hayes:

“Hayes allegedly told the student, “Your area looks like a pig sty. Oink, oink.”‘

“According to the letter, the teacher went on to tell other student to “encircle (the child) and call him a pig and make pig noises.”‘

“It’s behavior at least one child education and psychology expert finds disturbing.”

‘”What little we know, if we take it on its face, you don’t want people in authority playing a part in anything that degrades children, regardless of what you call it, said Dr. Bob Kronick, a professor in the department of educational psychology and counseling at the University of Tennessee. “Bullying is just horrible, and this is a total abuse of power, in my opinion.”‘

Dr. Toni H. McGriff, director of Roane County Schools, called Hayes’ despicable behavior “a black eye on the profession.”

Meanwhile, the “messy” boy has sadly learned, at a very early age, that not all adults in authority can be counted on to protect him from emotional abuse. And he wasn’t the only victim. The children taught by Hayes to resort to their basest instincts, to taunt and bully a fellow student, have also been emotionally harmed.



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