10-Year-Old NC Boy Punished For Calling His Teacher “Ma’am”

A 10-year-old North Carolina boy is being punished simply because he had respect for his teacher and called her “Ma’am.”

North East Carolina Preparatory School fifth-grader Tamarion Wilson was forced to write the word “ma’am” over and over again.  Anyone remember how such silly punishments worked out when you were a kid?  They didn’t.

Tamarion had to fill up the front and back of his paper with that word.

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The Daily Mail reported:

The teacher had apparently warned the class not to call her ‘ma’am’, although the reason for the prohibition is not entirely clear.

While the term of respect is sometimes reserved for married women, or those presumed old enough to have children, in many parts of the South it is used for women of all ages.

Tamarion was hospitalized last month for a seizure illness that included hallucinations and memory loss, although the teacher was not aware of his condition, Wilson said.

When the boy called the teacher ‘ma’am’ after she had prohibited it, the teacher said that if she had something to throw, she would have thrown it at the boy, according to Wilson.

Parents Teretha Wilson and McArthur Bryant (together above) said that they had raised their children to address their elders as ‘sir’ and ‘ma’am’

The teacher, who has several years of experience, admitted in a parent conference to saying she would like to throw something, but said it was a joke, Wilson said.

Tamarion’s father, McArthur Bryant, said that he raised his kids to reference those older than them as “sir” and “ma’am.”  Wow!  A dad doing his job!  Wonderful news!

“He had a look on his face of disappointment, shame,” said Bryant.

“As a father, to feel kind of responsible for that…knowing that I have been raising him and doing the best that I can, it’s not acceptable,” he told ABC.

Bryant and Tamarion’s mother, Theretha Wilson, requested a meeting with the teacher and the principal last Wednesday.  They made it clear they wanted their son to be transferred to a different class, which the principal agreed to do.

“It wasn’t right. It wasn’t professional. As a teacher, it wasn’t appropriate. And I asked her why she thought it was okay to do that,” said Wilson.

The school then release a short statement on the matter:

This is a personnel matter which has been handled appropriately by the K-7 principal.

A personal matter?  You have a teacher that teaches in the South and wants to “throw something” because a young boy whose father and mother taught him respect for his elders and address them as “sir” and “ma’am,” and changing classes is “appropriately” handling the matter?  Give me a break!

This teacher apparently has a chip on her shoulder.  She should know where she lives this is a custom of good manners and I’d be willing to bet that there are other instances going on in her class where she exercises the same tyranny on other kids.

Mr. Bryant agrees.

“If it happened to my son, I’m pretty sure if not a week, a day, a month, a year, it will occur to somebody else’s child,” said Bryant.

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