A mother claims she has been left reeling after her 4 year-old son was expelled from school after she wrote a post complaining about his school on Facebook.
What Ashley Habat did not realise, however, was that she had accidentally tagged her son’s school in the status update. Ms Habat was irritated that the school had not given parents more notice about the date for a planned school photo shoot.
She wrote on 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.”
After she had tagged the school in the post, staff at the Sonshine Christian Academy in Florida were able to read the post – and they were not happy. When Ashley took her 4 year-old son Will to school the next day, she claims that administration staff at the school told her that her son was not welcome there anymore:
“They just felt like we weren’t the right fit of parent relationship with the school and that they didn’t want him as a student anymore. He had done nothing wrong. I was in shock; why would you expel a four-year-old over something his mom posts on her private Facebook page only people on her friends list can see.”
The letter Ms Habat received from the Sonshine Christian Academy said that she had “utilised 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.”