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To be furious about this, and should I report?

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DoYouLikeMyBaubles Mon 16-Dec-13 21:15:04

My job involves going into homes and sometimes schools.

Today the yr11's had to pay a pound to go to the show taking part in the afternoon (i believe its a talent show, some awards etc)

One lad in the group said he couldn't pay a pound. The teacher kept asking him why, and said have you got a pound?

He said yes, but it's for his dinner tomorrow.

Now it's pretty obvious the lad doesnt look well off, from his clothing etc.

Yet the teacher carried on in front of the whole class saying 'why cant you spare a pound. It's JUST a pound, stop being selfish' and kids in the class started joining in.

The boy looked so uncomfortable, it was heartbreaking. In the end he gave the pound.

Afterwards I had a word with the teacher, who still had the view that the boy was being selfish.

Was I unreasonable, and should I report it? Or would I be being silly?

DoYouLikeMyBaubles Tue 17-Dec-13 22:00:58

I'll sleep better knowing I've said something, I just feel this overwhelming protectiveness over the lad and I really should try not to.

Was horrible seeing him stand there, his trousers near his ankles, ripped blazer and no laces. Put on the spot, staring at the floor. It should be clear to anyone with a bit of compassion.

I'll keep my eye on the situation anyway, I doubt it'll happen again but I want to make sure he's getting support - I have a bit of leeway in a professional capacity to check on this so hopefully...

DoYouLikeMyBaubles Tue 17-Dec-13 22:01:41

Thanks for flowers everyone, very nice of you all.

winkywinkola Tue 17-Dec-13 22:02:19

Well, I hope a lot more is done to make sure children like this one are made to feel more part of the school community and not destroyed by awful, unprofessional hags like the one you've described.

This incident will stay with him for the rest of his life. Poor little sod, having his nose rubbed in his lack of money.

I'm astounded.

EverythingIsTinselyBaubleyBoo Tue 17-Dec-13 22:05:11

Does anyone else have this overwhelming urge to find this boy and give him a home hug sad

Baubles you are clearly a very compassionate, professional person, and boy is lucky to have you keeping an eye on him.

winkywinkola Tue 17-Dec-13 22:06:36

I would like to write to the HT myself!

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