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Teacher looking in to child’s mouth for gum?

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BlueBrightFuture Fri 11-Dec-15 16:12:53

Teacher insisted that year 7 DD was chewing even though she told the teacher that she wasn’t but that she had a painful ulcer. Teacher clearly did not believe DD so she asked DD to have a look in to her mouth in front of her peers and show her that there was no gum and that she had an ulcer… Whilst I appreciate that gum in schools is a pain I don’t think it is ok for a teacher to inspect a child’s mouth for gum in front of her class mates…

Not happy about this, especially not that it was done in front of her peers.

Just wanted to vent...may mention it on parents evening...


FannyFifer Fri 11-Dec-15 16:14:10

It's not like she did a strip search & looked up her arse ffs.
[Hands op a grip]

SpaggyBollocks Fri 11-Dec-15 16:16:13


it must be very tiring to give a crap about something so minor.

LonnyVonnyWilsonFrickett Fri 11-Dec-15 16:17:21

Can you articulate why you don't think it's ok for a teacher to look in a child's mouth?

WorraLiberty Fri 11-Dec-15 16:18:14

I don’t think it is ok for a teacher to inspect a child’s mouth for gum in front of her class mates…

Why not?

IHaveBrilloHair Fri 11-Dec-15 16:18:46

I was wondering where the child's gums had goneconfused

AuntieStella Fri 11-Dec-15 16:19:00

This wouldn't bother me in the slightest.

cuntycowfacemonkey Fri 11-Dec-15 16:19:52

good grief.

honeysucklejasmine Fri 11-Dec-15 16:20:08

Why is this a problem? Did the teacher grab hold of your child's face and poke about with a stick or something?!

BlueBrightFuture Fri 11-Dec-15 16:23:43

I bothers my daughter. She felt embarrassed and therefore It bothers me.

BrilloHair, do you think all DC are liars?

AuntieStella Fri 11-Dec-15 16:26:44

I would help an embarrassed DC deal with their embarrassment. But I still would not think the teacher had been in any way unreasonable.

WorraLiberty Fri 11-Dec-15 16:35:38

She's 11 or 12 years old

Being singled out by the teacher for anything is embarrassing.

She'll get over it.

cricketballs Fri 11-Dec-15 16:36:50

Not all DC, but when it comes to chewing a lot don't tell the truth....I have done this before; told a student to put gum in the bin (chewing gum is banned in school for a very good reason! ), student replies "I'm not chewing", I ask them to open their mouths and all of a sudden they do visit the bin (before they are issued with a DT, which before anyone moans about is a widely published consequence for gum)

honeysucklejasmine Fri 11-Dec-15 16:50:39

I got so fed up with "I'm not chewing, honest!" I would just hold the bin in front of them and glare. 95% of the time they'd sigh and put it in there.

dotdotdotmustdash Fri 11-Dec-15 21:55:54

I got so fed up with "I'm not chewing, honest!" I would just hold the bin in front of them and glare. 95% of the time they'd sigh and put it in there.

I work in a High School too and the above is completely true, although the figure may be nearer 98% in my experience. Hate to break it to you OP, but many teenagers tell porkies, probably even your one and possibly some of the porkies are told to you. On the plus side, the vast majority of them will go on to be good people, but the staff working with them have to be consistent and follow through with instructions otherwise we aren't teaching them what they need to know.

clary Fri 11-Dec-15 22:53:50

Why is it not OK OP?

Gum is not allowed in our school at all and it has been/is a real struggle to enforce this. If I see a student chewing I ask them to empty their mouth or just bring them the bin. If they deny it or just put a tiny bit of gum in, then I may ask them to open their mouth, yes.

Please don't mention it on parents' evening.

EYDavis Fri 11-Dec-15 23:20:37

No wonder it's so hard to recruit teachers these days. They must have to make tiny decisions like this hundreds of times every day, each one of which risks enraging a parent.

The teacher asked your DD to open her mouth, she did, the teacher was presumably satisfied no rules were broken, the end.

Perhaps in an ideal world the teacher would have set an example and apologised to your DD - maybe in a mischievous "okay, well you were right this time" way - but omitting this minor courtesy really doesn't seem worth getting annoyed about.

MrsPCR Fri 11-Dec-15 23:33:48

Most volunteer to show you their empty mouths as normally it's the one occasion where you've asked for gum and they don't actually have any. In fact I'd say in my school it was almost the natural reaction of an innocent child. grin

HarrietSchulenberg Fri 11-Dec-15 23:38:13

Last week I was working with a boy whose jaws were working furiously and who smelled suspiciously minty. I asked him if he was chewing. "No miss!" was his wide-eyed reply, during which I caught a glimpse of gum.
"Are you sure, certain, positive that you are not chewing any sort of gum?" I asked.
Boy nodded fervently.
"Show me" I said.
Boy got up and dropped his gum in the bin, sat back down and opened wide.
"See", he said, "No gum" grin.

mumsneedwine Sat 12-Dec-15 08:49:51

I daily feel like Ant and Dec. My favourite was a young man vigorously denying gum chewing, as the gum flew out of his mouth onto my foot. Litter detention is the punishment - a fun packed after school detention wearing a fluorescent tabard picking up litter with a grabber. Or scrapping gum off chairs and desks.

hesterton Sat 12-Dec-15 08:57:15

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

pilates Sat 12-Dec-15 09:03:55


Kuppenbender Sat 12-Dec-15 09:57:06

I'm at a complete loss. Where exactly would you prefer the teacher to inspect your child's mouth? Should classrooms have a special cubicle installed for such a purpose? Or maybe you'd like the teacher to perform some kind of mass hypnosis on the rest of the class to avoid your DD's embarassment?

Or is it that the teacher had the audacity to question your DD's word?Seriously? Is it okay for teachers to check for attendance or that homework has been completed? Is this all too embarrassing too?

Is it possible that your DD made the whole situation an awful lot more embarrassing than it needed to be by making a big deal it? I wonder where she gets that attitude from?

Orangeanddemons Sat 12-Dec-15 10:02:20

In my experience of 20 years as a teacher, it seems to me to be the opposite. Most kids like to open their mouths to show you that they aren't chewing at all. I'm sick of staring into endless mouths, usually with a carefully concealed bit of gum😐

timelytess Sat 12-Dec-15 10:05:53

Usually, if as a teacher you ask a child if they are chewing, they immediately open their mouths wide to show you how "empty" it is. In fact, the gum is hidden, under the tongue, in the upper left or right cheek, or if you have a really clever pupil, pressed firmly into the teeth to disguise it.
Nobody wants to see in their lovely to their mothers but to everyone else, disgusting mouths.
OP, please speak seriously to your child about good manners and the importance of not chewing if she is not actually eating a meal, at mealtime.

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