A middle school teacher from Tennessee has been slammed after giving her eighth grade students a contract that allows them only two passes to leave the classroom each month.
Students in Mrs White’s class at Aspire Hanley Middle School in Memphis were told the two passes, used to see a nurse, go to the bathroom or get water, also appeared to include their lunch break.
‘I understand that Mrs. White is petty and although we both have options, I can be denied going to the restroom/water/nurse during the lesson,’ the note read.
Pictured: Eighth grade students at a middle school in Memphis were told they would only be allowed two out of class slips each month in a note from their ‘petty’ teacher
‘If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to speak with Mrs. White before or after-school, although nothing will change.’
The final sentence of the letter advises students, in all-caps, if they lose their slip: ‘I’M SORRY, TRY AGAIN NEXT MONTH’.
The note further advises students if they chose to break the contract, they would receive no grade for the work done in that class, and that only a doctor’s note would be sufficient to change the policy.
Mrs White’s note went viral after it was shared on Twitter, asking parents on the social network what they would do if their child brought the note home.
Many were outraged, and said they would contact the school board, while others were more enraged by the teacher’s spelling and grammar.
‘Okay. My first reaction was to shudder at the grammar—“I have went”. No excuse whatsoever for that,’ user Noralee Potts wrote.
‘As for the rest of it, that borders on cruel and inhumane.’
The students, at Aspire Hanley Middle School (pictured) were told they would not be allowed to leave for any reason after they had used both slips if they lost their note
Another, who goes by Myram, wrote: ‘This couldn’t be a teacher because I would like to think the teacher would have better grammar. It is never “have went”. It is have gone’.
Others called for her termination from the school, and said Mrs White’s expectations of her students were abusive.
‘Sounds like child abuse. Does the school need to be reported to CPS? That teacher should have been fired,’ Dori Previn wrote.
‘The b*t*h should be fired immediately. Period. No excuses and no pass for her,’ Kydess wrote.
The school’s superintendent, Dr. Nickalous Manning, told Local Memphis Mrs White had been working at the school for ‘a number of years’, and the administration of the school said the woman had not been fired.
The teacher, Mrs White, has been working with the school for years, and has not been terminated, school officials said
The school sent a note home to parents, explaining the contract given to the students was ‘inconsistent with the school’s actual policies’.
‘On August 29, 2018, it was discovered that 8th grade students at Hanley Middle School were given a document restricting bathroom and nurse visits that was inconsistent with our school’s actual policies, our mission, and our values,’ it read.
‘We are currently reviewing the circumstances under which the document was prepared and distributed to students.
‘Please know the safety and care of our students is always our first priority. It is important that students know we respect them and are responsive to their needs.
‘To reinforce these values, we convened our full team today to review all relevant policies and procedures.
‘We will continue to work with our teachers and staff to ensure all school policies and values are consistently maintained in each classroom.’
A statement was issued to parents, saying all staff had been reminded of proper school policy and procedure