Teacher Suspended Taunt. A kindergarten teacher in Tenn. was suspended after she ordered students to surround a boy and taunt at him. The students were told to “oink” at him because he was messy.
Debbie Hayes, a teacher at Bowers Elementary School, was caught by another teacher who walked into her room on March 16. She saw the gang of kindergartners oinking, squealing and snorting at the crying boy. She reported it to the principal, Candace Lett.
Lett met with Hayes the next day. Hayes told her 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.
“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.
Hayes admitted that the incident was inappropriate and said she didn’t realize that the kids were taunting the boy. She has been teaching in the county for 38 years and makes about $44,000. She 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.