'Racist' teacher slammed for forcing half-Asian student to sit ALONE and eat 'foreign' food
A teacher was slammed online for showcasing racist behavior towards a student. The professor forced the six-year-old girl to eat her lunch alone as the 'foreign food' was distracting other students. The mother of the six-year-old took to Reddit's subreddit "Am I The A**hole" to share the story and asked for the opinions of the netizens.
The mother started by saying how her daughter, who is in grade 2, suddenly did not want packed lunches and was avoiding her favorite food items. Upon asking, she realised her daughter was a victim of racism at school by the teacher.
The post read, "My daughter is 6 and is grade 2 but only been remote until a few months ago so she hasn’t physically been in school for long. Recently she told me she didn’t want her packed lunches anymore and what to eat what the other kids were eating. She had been not wanting to eat what were her favourite foods and opting for asking for pizza more." She continued, "I asked her why she didn’t to eat her favourite foods anymore and she told me she wanted to be able to sit with the other students. I was shocked because I didn’t know she wasn’t sitting with the other students and she told me it was because her teacher made her sit in the other room by herself during lunch times because she brought “smelly foods”."
When the little girl's mother was younger, she too faced similar issues. She recalled, "To be clear growing up I was also targeted by teachers who wouldn’t let me bring shrimp or anything with garlic or onion because they hated the smell. So I try not to pack anything that could cause them to target my child like spam sushi or egg fried rice. I was really upset because she is half Chinese but she clearly looks Asian and I felt it was my childhood trauma happening on her."
When she called the teacher to ask regarding this, the teacher denied but her daughter's best friend told her the truth that her six-year-old had to sit alone for lunch. The mother added, "Another teacher confirmed her had seen her eatting alone and her home room teacher switched stories that she had but it was because my daughter brought a persimmon to school and it was distracting the other kids because they thought she was eating a tomato and she didn’t want her distracting the other students by having “foreign” food."
Moreover, the mother added, "She refused to believe it was inappropriate and said she didn’t see anything wrong with sending her to eat by herself. I had to go to the principle and take my daughter to another home room to finish up the school year because that teacher said it only happened once despite my daughter swearing up and down it happened every few days for weeks before she told me."
She further added, "She told me specifically of a time she brought tomato egg stir fry and a boy bullying her because it looked like blood and the teacher sending her to eat in the other room rather than telling him to stop." Sadly, she said, "My husband doesn’t believe her saying the teachers would have said something because sending her to eat by herself but I don’t think he understands because he is white."
This post has 96% upvotes. One user wrote, "NTA. any teacher making a little kid sit by herself during lunch is an asshole. what the hell", while another said, "This. I'd file a formal complaint with the superintendent. This is racist and awful!". A third person commented, "Even if it happened "just once" that is way too much. This kind of thing is hard on kids.". Another user said, "100%, the reason the teacher is making the kid sit by herself has nothing to do with the food she's eating". "This extremely inappropriate of the teacher and imo racist," another comment read.