Child Punished for Repeatedly Calling His Teacher “Ma’am”

Child Punished for Repeatedly Calling His Teacher “Ma’am”

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@Sara Noble

Teretha Wilson and McArthur Bryant raise their 10-year-old son Tamarion to call their elders “ma’am” and “sir.” That politeness got the fifth grader in trouble with his teacher.

The North Carolina parents told ABC-13 that they had Tamarion moved to a different classroom at North East Carolina Preparatory School in Tarboro after his teacher punished him for calling her “ma’am.”

The child went home Tuesday with a punishment to be signed by his parents. He told his parents he had repeatedly called his teacher “ma’am” after she asked him not to so he had to write the word, “ma’am” on paper four times per line on both sides.

“He had a look on his face of disappointment, shame,” Bryant told ABC-13. “At the end of the day 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.”


Wilson went on to explain that Tamarion had recently been in the hospital for seizure-related activity. He had been suffering from memory loss and hallucinations[…]

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