Mum fuming with school after teacher says her daughter 'must learn to share'

By Rosaleen Fenton & Emma Gill

A mum has been left fuming with her daughter's school in a row over colour coordinated notebooks.

After buying supplies for her six-year-old daughter who was off to school for the first time, the mum says she never expected the items to be dished out among the class.

So when the youngster was upset at having to give away some of her new notebooks, the mum contacted school to ask for them to be returned, reports the Mirror.

But the mum was shocked with the response from school, as the teacher simply wrote back saying her daughter needed to learn how to share.

The teacher wrote back to the mum saying her daughter needed to learn how to share (PA)

Asking for advice on what to do, she explained: "My oldest is six and this is my first year sending a kid to school because of Covid.

"I got the list of supplies to buy, did the thing, and brushed over a note about not labelling school supplies; it didn’t explain why and I didn't want her to lose the things we bought so I just...did it anyway and didn’t really think much of it.

"I also sent my kid to school with a reasonable amount of school supplies, not everything we bought. I gave her a few pencils, not the whole box, that kind of thing.

"The first day I got an email about not labelling school supplies because the kids share them, and about sending the entire amount of supplies in so that the teacher could ration them out as needed.

"My daughter was upset that night because we spent a lot of time buying colour coordinated notebooks/folders for her as I do (I’m in college) and she was excited to be like her mum in class.

"The teacher took the notebooks and folders (I sent six each) and gave her two new ones.

"I emailed the teacher back and said I don’t mind buying extra supplies if a child doesn’t have any, but I want the stuff I bought for my daughter to be returned to her. We picked it out together and she was excited to use them.

"The teacher replied and said it was important for kids to learn about sharing through their school supplies and it was important for my daughter because it looks like she has issues sharing. She worded it more tactfully but that was the gist.

"Daughter says "her notebook" (she had a favourite) went to a boy who didn’t want it anyway because it was bright pink.

"She’s a little possessive of her stuff, sure, but she’s six and it’s her first year of school and I’m just not seeing the point of this?"

People were split over the school's demands, as one wrote: "You set up your child to think the rules do not apply to her if they do not come with further explanation.

"This way of sharing supplies was standard practice in the schools all four of our children went to and it is so all students have access to supplies."

Another wrote: "My advice is to just let this go. Send the supplies they're asking for. It's really not a big deal."

But one person commented: "In these times of Covid I wouldn't want my child to be sharing items."

What do you think about the girl's stationery being shared out? Would it bother you? Have there been any issues like this at your child's school? Let us know in the comments here.


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