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Taking a Whack at Student Punishment: Teacher Cuts Off First Grader’s Braid

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Taking a Whack at Student Punishment: Teacher Cuts Off First Grader’s Braid

A Milwaukee teacher received a $175 ticket for “disorderly conduct” when she cut off a seven-year-old student’s braid.

Whoa.  Talk about hair rage.

First grader Lamya Cammon says she is scared by the incident last week in which the apparently frustrated teacher cut one of her braids off in front of the entire class after she wouldn’t stop playing with them in class.

“She told me to stop playing with it. Then cut it off and sent me back to my desk,” Lamya said.

Good thing she wasn’t playing with her feet.

“I went to my desk and cried. And they was laughing,” Lamya added. “She threw it away, and she said, ‘Now what you gonna go home and say to your momma? ‘ And I said, ‘That you cut off my hair.”

Not surprisingly, her mother is none too pleased.  She went to the school and confronted the teacher.

“I said, ‘Well, you know, you cut a lot of her hair off.’ And she was like, ‘Well, I do apologize.’ She said, ‘But I was frustrated,'” Lamya’s mother said.

The Milwaukee Public Schools District said it is going through the disciplinary process with the teacher, who remains in class, although Cammon has been moved to a different classroom by the principal.  Milwaukee police investigated the case and referred it to the district attorney for possible physical or mental abuse of a child charges.  When the district attorney’s office decided not to file criminal charges, police issued the teacher a $175 ticket for disorderly conduct.

I once had a mean viola teacher who violently cut my fingernails, and somehow we still ended up paying HER!

Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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