|Out of the mouth of babes|
Someone should have sent home a memo in the backpack of Ashley Habat's four-year-old telling her that. Oh wait. That's what started this whole mess.
Try to keep up, because this story will make you roll your eyes so hard you might not get them back on the page. So Ashley is the mother of a preschooler. One morning, Ashley is running late and drops off the kid in the office and they tell her that it's picture day.
WTF, school? Ashley fumes. Why didn't you tell us? Then I'm not sure, but I'm guessing she went on: Little Snowflake is not in the right outfit. I bought the perfect ensemble this summer and I've just been waiting for this special day and now you've ruined it! Ruined it!!!! Also his hair is shaggy. You had ONE JOB, school. That job was to give me plenty of notice for motherfreaking picture day!!!!!
The school was like, Easy killer, we've been doing this for a long time. We have a system. We sent home a letter in Snowflake's backpack.
Ashley went, Wait. Where? His backpack? You guys really send stuff in there? I thought it was just adorable to carry, but not really functional.
The school said, Yeah, you should totally check it sometimes, because there's important stuff in there. Just sayin'.
So Ashley ran home and left a rant on her Facebook: "Why is it that every single day there is something new I dislike about Will's school? Are my standards really too high or are people working in the education field really just that ignorant?" And then she TAGGED THE SCHOOL.
Doh. Umm, Ashley, you do know what ignorant means, right?
Anyhoo, the school, of course saw the post. They called Ashley and asked her to stop in for a visit the next day. Ashley showed up only to find out that her son was being kicked out of their fine ignorant establishment for "sowing discord," which the preschool says was clearly spelled out as a no-no in their parent handbook that Ashley agreed to observe.
I don't know where to start with this one. Ashley obviously has the same problem most moms do: we're too busy to check the backpack and then we're caught off guard when something that seems so important comes up "unexpectedly." I have school pictures of Gomer wearing an ugly Halloween shirt with Frankenstein on the front. My mother was horrified, but I just shrugged, because honestly, who besides her gives a damn? Who really wants a school picture to frame and keep on their desk? No one. This seemed like a big deal and it really wasn't, and Ashley got caught up in it all and vented on her Facebook. Why she tagged the school, I have no idea. That part was just stupidity on her part.
Then the school is kind of getting on my nerves too, because they expel a kid because their mom said mean things about them? Come on Sonshine Christian Academy. Put on your big girl panties and stop whining like a preschooler. Plus, I'm not sure I trust any school that makes parents agree to adhere to a handbook that says anyone who disagrees with what they do there is "sowing discord" and thus should be expelled. That is way too intense for me. I realize Sonshine is a private organization and can make the rules they want, but I'm pretty sure "sow discord" can be interpreted to mean whatever they want it to mean whenever they don't like a parent questioning them.
I don't want to tell you what to do with your child's education, Ashley, but this school sounds kind of wacko. I think it's time to find a new preschool (where they can spell Sunshine) and it's time for you to take a break from Facebook, because with your luck the next time it will be your boss that you sow discord against.
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