Teacher Posted 7-year old student with Jolly Ranchers in her hair on her Facebook page…is this a crime?

“Ukailya Lofton, a student at Overton Elementary School in Chicago, turned up for her school photo on picture day with Jolly Rancher candies tied to her braids after she had seen the style in a magazine. Her computer teacher asked her to pose for a photo with her braids hanging because her husband would not believe it.” The teacher posted the pictures of the 7-year old child on her Facebook page and several of her friends wrote mocking commentaries regarding the child’s hair. Someone who knew the girl’s mother copied the images and the comments on a CD and gave it to the girl’s mother. The mother is considering suing the school system. The teacher had no right to post the child’s image on Facebook, and if she did it for the purpose of mocking the child that’s just plain cruel, but should the school system be held responsible for the activities of the teacher when she is not on duty? Tell me what you think.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1372102/Teacher-faces-lawsuit-taking-picture-pupils-Jolly-Rancher-hairstyle-posting-Facebook-friends-mock.html#ixzz1IHRo10ZQ

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  • LPM  On April 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I say “yes,” the school should bear some responsibility. If I am understanding this correctly, the teacher took the picture while the child was AT SCHOOL. She should not have taken the photo home for personal use, regardless of her intentions. If the teacher had taken the child’s picture while she saw her in the grocery store or at the park (and most important, with parental consent), I might have a different point of view. It seems to me that there should be some code of ethics that governs this type of action.

    • SRS1  On April 1, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      I agree with LPM, particularly if the teacher did this at the school. It’s disturbing to me that she would post this on the Internet; the Internet is forever and once it’s out in cyberspace that’s it. I would be absolutely mortified that an unauthorized image of my child was posted on the Internet particularly en-light of news about how the actual location of the subject in the picture can be found when using some camera phones. With regard to the use of Jolly Ranchers, I say what was there to mock. Goodness knows we’ve seen far more disturbing attire (Lady GaGa comes to mind). She’s a child using candy as a decorative accessory, if she used condoms then I think there would be a reason for concern.

  • CML  On April 1, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    As a future teacher, I find this very disturbing. The school is liable because the picture was taken on school grounds. How someone who is a teacher thinks it is okay to ridicule OR allow her friends to ridicule a student is beyond my comprehension. In my opinion, a teacher is supposed to be there to protect students while facilitating an accepting educational environment. I do not post much on my Facebook account and I would NEVER post a picture of a student of mine. In my elementary education classes we are taught that we are not to talk about or “gossip” about a child or their family with anyone outside of the school. Even within the school, we are cautioned about discussing a student with colleagues who do not have a professional need for the information. Personally, I thought the idea of using Jolly Ranchers was creative and original.

    • sarah gomez  On April 5, 2011 at 3:20 am

      holla loo ya, finnally someone with their head on straight

      • shedevil_vixon  On April 5, 2011 at 7:31 pm

        yea i can not believe the cruel things that ppl r saying about a child…it’s an outrage. ya’ll should enjoy a tea party hosted by the teacher in question. It pisses me off. As adults ur just as cruel as the school bullies, w/ 1 acception, we have all either been the victim or the bully & in many cases both. But as adults, we know better & too many wish they could take things back. Do u tell ur child no everytime they ask for something, not when u see how it makes their eyes shine because it’s not just because it was a piece of candy, but because it made her daughter happy, & we as mothers have all seen that special look on our kids face, & how proud they r of the thing that made them soo happy. And every child should learn at an early age that it’s ok to express urself, OWN WHO U R! I also think it’s important to be a leader, not a follower! Atleast she was trying to be original, & though maybe she didnt think about what/if any consequences there could be. i am sure she did not inticipate her child being posted on the internet, & made fun of BY A TEACHER! Hell nah…this mama woke up 1 day, said “baby girl, ur ghetto mama is broke & we need some money, so we gonna put this candy in ur hair & take the CPS to the bank…Mama gotta make sure she gets all these jolly ranchers back at the end of the day….gotta put something on the table” That did not happen….but u know how us moms will protect our cubs…& u hurt my child emotionally or physically, i’m comin for ya~ And to the person pulling the racist card, I am really surprised ur comment wasnt actually “it’s because she’s black!” Instead u say “black ppl always dress like clown” I am white, & do u know how many damn white folks including myself when i was a teen was goth! So here’s somethin 4 u all us white folks who dress like we just left a funeral, or some even look like they got out the casket, so atleast clowns are freakin happy, not looking like death.
        As for the teacher, i personally look at it this way…to me the punishment should depend on how long she has been a teacher, if she’s been a teacher for most of her adult life, & did that…well in that case, if she singled out this 1 little girl, i would think that it wasnt the 1st time she did this to a student, I would investigate any complaints if any in the past, if so, were they reguarding issues w/ children, if she did it before this instance…she’ll do it again. If she is a fairly new teacher…i’d keep a close eye on her, if it’s this is the 1st time, but if it happened again, get her out of our schools. there’s enough bullies to go around w/in the chilldren themselves. But either way, the teacher should suffer some consequences. As for the mother, well she sent her daughter to school w/ candy, although it seems that the teacher was the only 1 destracted by it, well whats the punishment for having candy in class….oh i guess she get detention. haha.

  • gualm  On April 2, 2011 at 12:28 am

    When I first heard the story I thought the hairstyle was going to look gaudy but I thought it to be very cute when I seen the pic. I also give the little girl credit for wanting to do it. Maybe the teacher was just jealous. Everyone has a little bit of creativeness but to execute it is a totally different story especially when it against societal norms. As far as disciplining the teacher, I don’t think she should be fired but I think she should be suspended and attend specialized training in child psychology and ethics at her expense.

  • Gunner  On April 2, 2011 at 4:58 am

    Public domain……too bad so sad. You don’t want your child to be ridiculed, don’t dress them out to attract attention……sheeesh…WAKE UP AMERICA!

    • Sidnye  On April 2, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      I completely agree. The mom sent her daughter looking foolish for PICTURE DAY. She WANTED her daughter’s picture taken, and she wanted people to see her daughter with that ignorant hairstyle. Since the child’s face was not shown and name was not given, the teacher did nothing illegal. But, morally, it is ALWAYS wrong to make fun of your students, even if it’s not done to their faces. The teacher shouldn’t be fired, but definitely suspended for a few days.

    • susan  On April 3, 2011 at 2:53 am

      I completely agree, don’t dress to attract attention – or ask your mother put food in your hair – unless you want attention, this seems more about the mother’s hurt pride and taste on trial. She didn’t have to show the kid, call the news, etc… And someone please tell me how exactly the financially strapped Chicago public school system is supposed to handle these transparent lawsuits and educate children properly when the adults who are responsible as well for participating in their children’s education are crippling this system with their ignorance.

  • an  On April 3, 2011 at 4:48 am

    her hairstyle isnt tht bad i mean come shesh itz jus jolly ranchers jus cuz this teacher didnt like it dnt mean she gotta make fun of it like omg i get it every one has ther own opions but it freakin fb tht messed up like ppl shud think before they speak or act****

  • musesofamom  On April 3, 2011 at 10:21 am

    This is not a style I would have chosen for my child,but the child wanted it and her mother let her have it and that is there right. T he teacher had no right to post this picture on Facebook without the Mother’s permission. She was wrong and as an employee of CPS they are responsible for what this teacher did while she was at work.

  • Dirk Diggler  On April 3, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    What type of parent would put jolly ranchers in a childs hair? That is absolutely ridiculous. Should the mother sue the school? On what grounds that she is an Idiot for a mother and the teacher just so happened to POINT IT OUT. We as a society are so confused. Ready to sue at the drop of a hat. The school system has no money. What she gonna get? A bag of Jolly Ranchers, thats about all. Just because the kid wants something doesn’t mean you should give it to them. WHO IS THE PARENT HERE? Somebody should see if this little girl is performing up to standards in school. Can she read? If she has a creative interest that should be nutured. They should have had a special day that all the kids can express there creativity.

    • sarah gomez  On April 5, 2011 at 3:18 am

      how could you say that, i mean of course its your opinion, but shes just a little girl, she doesnt know any better, and what a parent to deny a child of exxpressing themselves?

  • musesofamom  On April 3, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    I am astounded how people are so enraged at the mother of this child. I would never put candy in my daughter’s hair, but is this parent’s right to choose what she deems suitable for her child. the teacher was wrong to post this child’s photo on Facebook that’s the central issue.

  • Dirk Diggler  On April 3, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    What makes this little BRAT so special? She wants to wear Jolly Ranchers in her hair? The next day she wants to wear a CONDOM VEST. Please Nip this IDIOCY in the bud. This Loonesy has no place in our public school system. Especially since my tax dollars are paying for this. Child and Family services should have a Long Talk with the IDIOT MOTHER. The teacher should be given a very LITE SLAP on the wrist and a WINK from the principal. Foolishness of the students should not be supported. No CANDY IS ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM. Even if it is being used as HAIR DECORATION. If the mother wants to sue, her child should be IMMEDIATELY REMOVED FROM THE SCHOOL. Let her mom HOME SCHOOL her daughter, that way she can dress anyway she wants. If the mother wants to press the issue, I suggest the Public School system hire a Private Detective, Im sure he can dig up some interesting stuff on the IDIOT MOTHER. Who knows maybe there is past drug use and an old warrant.

    • shedevil_vixon  On April 5, 2011 at 6:40 pm

      OMG…..U R A DUMB ASS, gotta respect ur bluntness….but ur just as bad as this damn teacher! How dare u call a 7 yr old an idiot! what kind of drugs r u on, & the rage u have for this mother….how many anger management classes have u had to take!!! There is no 7 yr old that should be called out of name. screw the school & the teacher the other ppl involved, i’d be watching out for u near any child!!! shame shame…u pissed me off soooo bad, all my focus was destracted for ur idiocy.

    • shedevil_vixon  On April 5, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      sorry u called the child a brat…& a condom vest….she is only 7, children at that age r so innocent. Unless we as parent hasnt done our job. i really hope u dont have kids.

  • Angela in Memphis  On April 4, 2011 at 7:03 am

    The mom was so embarrased she says her daughter wanted the hairstyle that was entirely her idea. look and listen to her, she sounds so ghetto and ignorant with her plastic weave. My husband and I visited ATL and we saw it all reguarding candy in kids hair, cars painted to look like cereal boxes oh also cars with gucci or other desighners labels painted on them! it really saddens me that black people can stoop so low do we always gotta look like clowns? GEEZ!

  • sarah gomez  On April 5, 2011 at 3:15 am

    i think the school should suffer consiquences because they should be informed about the type of teachers they have and dedicated to what they do.

  • Janna  On April 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I live in the “bible belt” where things are very conservative and the schools have a dress code. There are rules about dying your hair and holes in the clothes, etc. In this case, I think the little girl was just being “different”. Our school board does not allow teachers to friend children on facebook and I am very involved at our school as a PTA board member and homeroom Mom and I am very careful about which kids I friend because of things like this. This teacher was wrong to post the picture on facebook. My understanding of the articles I read were that she didn’t ridicule the child but others who were her friends did and she allowed it. No teacher I know would do anything like this.

  • Thin Mizzy  On April 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Freedom of expression. If the girl wants to put candy in her hair, let her. They are just jealous they didn’t think of it. It is like when my son had his hair cut in a mohawk (before it was the thing) when he was 7 and the music teacher told him it’s not professional. Pissed me the f— off. I let my son express himself the way he wants. I wish some teacher would post his picture on facebook. Aaugh. I swear everybody is the same. I would ridicule them for looking like everybody else at the school. THAT’s more scary.

    • shedevil_vixon  On April 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      U know what they use to say when i was in school, & in high school, where u know every 1 wants to be the popular girl….well guess what….the old saying goes, if the popular girl/boy in school came to school wearing a pizza on his/her head, EVERYBODY would be doing it the next day!

  • Nanette  On April 5, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    This person, the teacher is clearly at fault for her actions and that is the bottom line! This little girl is going to school to get an education period… The mother is not an idiot; she conducted herself professionally when expressing her views and concerns for her daughter. If you don’t like the hair style well sooo what. I know there are a lot of things all of us have done that other people might find as being out right stupid. Okay everyone has opinions and we are allowed to express them, my sentiment is you better know how, when and where to express and voice your opinion about someone else. You better make sure if need be, you can explain and back up what your intentions are. Anyone that publicly made cruel or negative comments in regards to the mother or this little girl should really stop and think about the comments you have made. This family is a victim of public humility and I think no matter how you really feel about what created this entire scenario, compassion for this mother and daughter are certainly what we as people should learn to express for one another. This sweet little girl had a sweet little hair style. She should not feel ashamed because she didn’t want to be plain like everyone else. The little girl and her mother did nothing to hurt or offend anyone, so my thing is why so much grief and heartache towards them? What’s right for me and what’s right for you are probably two different things. Don’t knock me and I won’t knock you, let’s just take life for what it’s worth and how we choose to live it and remember….to each…it’s own!

    • shedevil_vixon  On April 5, 2011 at 7:46 pm

      U said it alot nicer & better than i did 🙂

  • Berry Sante  On April 5, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I think it is completely idiotic that the mother let her child have jolly ranchers in her hair. I’m not a mother yet, but I would never let my daughter do something so dumb! I mean, It was wrong for the teacher to post that on Facebook (she’s a 7 year old girl for goodness sake!) But I have to say it’s really retarded and messed up that that lady let her daughter do that. Is she trying to make her daughter look stupid?

    But that teacher should still be suspended…

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