'That's a DOG'S name': Heartbroken mom 'bursts into tears' after teacher viciously ridicules her son

'That's a DOG'S name': Heartbroken mom 'bursts into tears' after teacher viciously ridicules her son
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A heartbroken woman "burst into tears" after a school teacher allegedly mocked her son's name by saying it's meant for a dog.

The woman, who has not been identified, is considering reporting the teacher to the school's headmaster and doesn't want her around her son. The woman's sister recalled how she was collecting the four-year-old boy from school when the teacher revealed her thoughts. She claimed she eavesdropped on the entire conversation and relayed it to her sister after dropping her nephew off at home.


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"My sister is extremely family orientated and spent the entire summer getting her son ready for school," the boy's aunt wrote on Reddit. "He was excited about going to school. He really enjoyed nursery and made a lot of friends, who he always speaks about and wants to hang out with after school." She said her sister made a special effort to prepare for her son's first year by picking out a lunch box and buying a school uniform. "He really enjoyed his first week and made some new friends. He said he really liked his new teacher," the aunt explained.

However, the aunt overheard two teachers laughing in a classroom when she was waiting to collect her nephew and her two children, in years 3 and 6. "I am always waiting around for my year 6 to stop talking to her friends. Almost everybody from the playground had already gone home," she continued. "Everybody was now with their parents and the teachers had gone back inside the classroom but they left the door and windows open and I could just about hear their conversation. I overheard them talking about the children in their classrooms and whether any of them are 'bad', and I overheard my nephew's teacher say 'no but one of mine has a dog's name.' The other teacher asked what it was and she said Benji - speaking about my nephew. I was in shock and disgusted! Thankfully, I don't think he was paying any attention and didn't hear them."

After arriving at her sister's residence, she told her everything she overheard and shared her "disgust" about the situation. "I told her straight away and she burst out into tears. She is now thinking about going in and speaking to the head about it. But she is not at all confrontational so she is still in two minds about this. She is distraught. I feel so bad for her," the aunt added, according to the Daily Mirror.


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According to VeryWell Family, Benji is short for Benjamin, which is derived from the Old Testament of the Bible. It means “son of the right hand" in Hebrew. In the holy book, Benjamin was the youngest of Jacob's twelve sons. The expression "the Benjamin of the family" usually refers to the youngest child. The name has reportedly been one of the top 100 boy names in the US since 1968. By 1974, it reached the top 50. And in 2016, it broke into the top 10. The latest statistics rank Benjamin as the 7th most popular name for boys in the US. Aside from Benji, there are several other names starting with Ben, including Benedict, Benicio, Benito, Bennett, and Benson.


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