Upset over the comments made by her daughter’s teacher on Facebook, the mother of a second form student of the Graydon Sealy Secondary School says she will be taking her concerns to the Ministry of Education tomorrow.
Laura Grant-Hall, who is the mother of Leilani Grant-Grace, had earlier taken to the social media platform to share a copy of a letter, dated April 29, 2015, in which she expressed concern that her daughter had received “double punishment”, in the form of lashes from the principal and detention, for failure to complete a project even though she had explained that there was no ink in the printer at home.
“Leilani did the project but was unable to print the items because I have no ink in the printer,” the mother explained in her letter, addressed to the school’s principal, and posted on Facebook.
She further complained that her daughter had been given “double punishment” for something that she had no control over.
“Leilani is a student. She has no job, so she has to wait on me to buy ink,” the mother said. “So in my eyes maybe you should have lashed me, [as] the parent [who] is supposed to provide ink”.
“How can you both lash and give detention, since her failure to print the project is my fault?, she asked.
When contacted this evening, the mother told Barbados TODAY that the matter had since been resolved to her satisfaction and that the principal Beverly Bancroft had given a commitment that Leilani would be given a flash drive to submit her outstanding project by tomorrow.
However, the mother said she was taken aback by comments made by one of her daughter’s teacher, who she said had told her daughter she did not want any excuses and had referred the matter to the principal on Friday April 24, 2015.
“On her Facebook page, [the teacher] is saying that I visited New York recently and could not buy ink, pens and paper. I do not know what that has to do with her. She took the time to go on her Facebook Page identifying what I did. That is time she could have taken to assist the child in having the project printed,” an upset Grant-Hall argued.
“My issue now is [the teacher’s] behaviour on Facebook. Yes, I went on Facebook and posted the letter I wrote. She saw it fit to respond via Facebook but it is her response and subsequent comments that I have a problem with, seeing that my child has to go and sit in her class tomorrow.”
The irate parent is therefore threatening to go to the Ministry of Education tomorrow to lodge a complaint against the teacher whose behaviour has been called into question.
She told Barbados TODAY that even though the teacher had since removed all of her comments from Facebook, she had copies of the comments in her possession.
She also threatened to seek legal advice on her child’s behalf.