Teacher calls out parents over son’s worrisome in-class behavior: ‘You need to take control’

A mom was called out after blaming her son’s bad grades on the teacher. 

She went on Reddit’s “Am I the A******” forum to see if she was in the wrong for reporting a teacher to the principal. But Reddit users thought the mom handled things terribly when the teacher told her she was actually responsible for her son’s poor performance at school. 

“My son is in fifth grade and he is attending online school,” the mother  explained. “I catch him all the time with his computer muted and playing a video game — I do what I can but ultimately this is the teacher’s fault. My son has ADHD and anxiety so he needs constant stimuli in order to stay focused and this teacher is clearly not engaging enough. The teacher, in my opinion, is not old enough to be trusted with the responsibility of teaching. She looks like she’s in her 20s. […] She asked if I would like to take time out of my schedule to come up with a plan, to which I responded she should be doing her job and coming up with a plan on her own.”

The mother emailed the teacher about the issue but was offended by the educator’s response. 

“I had a very rude response from her which read: ‘I have reached out to you with solutions and you have refused to cooperate. You need to take control in your own home and put a stop to this behavior because I can only do so much.’ She was judging my ability as a parent when she is clearly not a parent herself. […] I wrote an email to the principal explaining what had happened,” the mother said

Reddit users believed the mother was in the wrong here. 

“You can’t even control your child in your house, but you expect this teacher to control your child from the other side of a computer screen,” one person wrote

“You sound entitled and condescending,” another said

“You’re the parent, it’s your responsibility,” someone commented

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