A Florida day care staffer was fired after writing on child’s stomach in black ink to remind his mother to bring more diapers.
Heather Chisum, 23, a single mother from Sanibel Island, was shocked to discover what was written on her young son’s stomach after bringing him home on Monday, Jan. 27. “Mom, I’m out of diapers pls read my report.” She said she tried to scrub it with several baby wipes but it was not coming off.
Chisum posted photos of her son Milo to Facebook that night, asking whether she was over-exaggerating in her anger.
“In the very worst case scenario, I can’t see anything other than “need diapers” needing to be written,” wrote Chisum. “Why a big long message needed to be written across my son’s stomach is beyond me.”
Chisum said Monday’s incident isn’t the first time the day care has written on her son’s body, claiming in her post that it happened several months ago.
The director of the Children’s Education Center of the Islands on Sanibel Island responded to the case, saying the message was a breach of professional ethics and the teacher was fired.
“We are aware of the incident at the school, and we are terribly sorry for the distress it has caused the family involved as well as all of our families. It was a breach of our professional ethics on the part of the teacher,” said Cindy Carter DeCosta, executive director.
“The school has taken immediate action to remove the teacher from the school. We are reviewing protocols already in place to ensure that nothing like this occurs again,” DeCosta continued.
Though the school had met with the family and they were welcome to remain, Chisum said she was too frustrated and would no longer take her children there. Milo is 18 months old, while her daughter, Finley, is 3.5 years old.
By Tuesday afternoon, however, as of the apology and firing, Chisum was rethinking her decision, mainly due to no other available child care for a toddler her son’s age, according to News-Press.