A Redditor recently posted on a Reddit subthread about an argument he had with his daughter’s school teacher.
Daughter Has Active Life Outside of School
The Original Poster’s (OP) daughter, Cleo, who is 11 years old, leads an active lifestyle outside of school. She engages in soccer and swimming and frequently plays outside with other children in her neighborhood.
Cleo’s outgoing personality is reflected in her social life, as most of her friends are from outside of school.
Socialization Struggles at School
Despite being an active and social child outside of school, Cleo, who is 11 years old, faces difficulties in making friends at school.
Cleo’s Diagnosis and Experience With Bullying
Cleo has been diagnosed with ADHD and was the victim of bullying during 3rd and 4th grades.
Although it was managed by the time she reached 5th grade, her peers at school continued to avoid playing with her and excluded her from social interactions.
Limited Socialization and Contentment
While OP understands that his daughter’s classmates are not obliged to play with her, this also means that Cleo’s socialization at school is limited.
Despite the challenges, Cleo appears to be content with the situation.
Love for Reading Her Mother’s Collection
According to Cleo’s teacher, OP’s daughter often spends her recess reading or playing alone.
However, OP was not overly concerned as they knew that Cleo was very social and active outside of school hours.
A Teacher’s Intervention
Recently, Cleo was very upset after school, fearing her mother would be angry.
When asked what had happened, she revealed that her teacher had taken her book away and refused to return it until the next day.
She Refused to Return the Book!
Cleo had been reading during recess when her teacher intervened and instructed her to go and play. Despite Cleo’s pleas, the teacher refused to return her book.
Op’s Wife’s Confirmation and Reassurance
OP acted swiftly to console Cleo and reassured her that she was not in trouble.
OP even contacted his wife at work to reinforce this message, as they found it concerning that their daughter was so frightened, given that his wife is known to be gentle with Cleo.
OP Confronted the Teacher
As expected, OP’s wife confirmed to Cleo that there was no need to be upset as she had done nothing wrong.
The following day, OP took Cleo to school early and walked her to class, where only the teacher was present.
The Teacher Reluctantly Returned Cleo’s Book
OP requested that the teacher return Cleo’s book to them, which she reluctantly did while attempting to justify her actions.
She Was in the Wrong
OP informed the teacher that Cleo was not obligated to engage in physical activity during recess and that they had not expressed any concern about her reading during this time.
The teacher argued that she was entitled to set boundaries for her class, but OP pointed out that recess was meant to be free time, and Cleo was not reading during class.
The Teacher Finally Gave In
Despite going back and forth, the teacher eventually relented, and OP warned her that they would escalate the matter to the principal if necessary.
The Principal Agreed with OP
The conflict between OP and Cleo’s teacher was resolved promptly, and although the details are unknown, the principal assured OP that Cleo had the right to read during recess as long as it did not harm anyone or interfere with designated activities.
Finally Had Her Right to Read
The principal confirmed that Cleo would not have any more books confiscated, provided she followed these guidelines.
OP and their wife were satisfied with this resolution, and Cleo was overjoyed to have her right to read during recess reaffirmed.
OP Has Become the Gossip of the School Teachers
According to OP’s cousin, who teaches a different grade at the same school, OP’s actions have become the topic of conversation among the teachers and OP has been labeled as ‘one of those parents.’
OP’s cousin suggested that the teacher’s low pay could have contributed to her actions and advised OP to simply accept the rule.
However, when OP pointed out that Cleo would only be at the school for two more months before starting junior high in August, this did not seem to be a concern to their cousin.
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