A mom’s Facebook posts, bellyaching about her son’s school, led to her boy being expelled. A Florida mom took to the social media site to post complaining opinions about her preschooler’s teachers and school policies, and now she’s left searching for a new spot for her 4-year-old boy to get an education.
Writes the Huffington Post: “Mother Ashley Habat recently complained on Facebook after the Sonshine Christian Academy didn't give enough notice about picture day. Even though Habat said her Facebook post was private, she still tagged the school, and the next day she was reportedly told by school administrators that the school would not be a good fit for her son.”
All of this over picture day? Evidently.
Habat said she dropped her son Will off late, not realizing it was picture day until the last minute, and complained to the school’s administrator that she wasn’t given enough notice. The school told Habat that notice had indeed been sent home with the children the week prior.
Not good enough. Habat took to Facebook, writing:
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.
The next morning, she received a phone call asking that she stop by the office after getting Will off to class. The school informed her that she and her son were “not a good fit” and expelled the boy.
“They just felt like we weren't the right fit, or the right parent-relationship with the school, and that they didn't want him as a student anymore,” Habat said. “He had done nothing wrong.”
The mom’s letter of dismissal says her “relationship with Sonshine did not get off to a very good start the first day of school. You utilized social media to call into question not only the integrity but the intelligence of our staff. These actions are also consistent with sowing discord, which is spoken of in the handbook you signed.”
“I was in shock,” Habat said. “Why would you expel a 4-year-old over something his mom posts on her private Facebook page only people on her friends list can see?”
The Sonshine Christian Academy describes itself as a “Christ-Centered Academy providing academic excellence through the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, equipping each student to make an impact in our community and the world.”
The academy’s handbook does not specifically set out any guidelines regarding social media or conduct of the parents, but does say “students are encouraged to live their lives consistent with Biblical Standards at school and away, avoiding any conducts that would bring reproach to the individual’s or school’s testimony.”
What are your thoughts? Mom and son done wrong, or a case of watch what you say or pay?