I was shopping with my 8 year old daughter today, and she wanted to carry a dress I had picked out, we were walking through the store and I told her, "Oh E, becareful, the dress is dragging on the floor."
She then told me, "Cause I'm short mommy, Ms. B always called me a midget."
Ms. B was her grade 2 teacher.
(She had 3 grade 2 teacher's last year, due to teachers going and coming back on mat leave,
she had Ms. B cover September - November of her school year. Ms. B is now a grade 6 teacher
in the same school.)
"What do you mean she calls you a midget?"
"Because I'm short."
"How does she call you a midget?"
"She tells me and C, and A in the morning, 'Good morning my little midgets!' like that,
cause we're the smallest ones in her class."
Seriously, what the fuck.
I was in shock. We went home and I made her promise me to NEVER, EVER use that
word midget. I don't care if someone is short, don't ever call anyone a midget. I had to tell her
it's a bad word so she doesn't use that word. And I could tell she was confused to this word
her teacher's been using, is a bad word.
I don't care about her size, and if anyone tells me or her that she's short, whatever. She's short, then she's short.
But I find that word 'midget' so offensive, and I wouldn't want my daughter using that word or calling someone else that.
How can a teacher be so friggin stupid.Am I overreacting?
Would you bring this to the attention of the principal?
Would you let your kid use the word midget openly?
Do you think the teacher should stop using the word midget on her students?
Did you have any teacher say anything you now realize is inappropriate?
My grade 5 teacher used to call us Dingbats, lol, I now realize that's the softest way of
calling us idiots.