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The North Carolina parents of a 10-year-old boy say they were stunned when the fifth grader was reprimanded for referring to an adult as “Ma’am.”

According to PEOPLE, Teretha Wilson and McArthur Bryant tell ABC-13 that they had their son, Tamarion, moved to a different classroom at North East Carolina Preparatory School in Tarboro after his teacher punished him for calling her “ma’am.”

Bryant said he learned of the incident when his son came home with a punishment slip that his parents had to sign. The boy explained that the teacher became so agitated by his repeated use of the word that she made him write the word “ma’am” on a piece of paper four times per line on both sides as a penalty, according to the report.

“He had a look on his face of disappointment, shame,” Bryant told ABC-13. “At the end of the day as a father, to feel kind of responsible for that…knowing that I have been raising him and doing the best that I can, it’s not acceptable.”

The parents also shared that Tamarion had recently been in the hospital for seizure-related activity, and now suffers from memory loss and hallucinations.

Adding to their anger was how the teacher admitted to them that she told Tamarion during the encounter that “if she had something, she would have thrown it at him.”

“It wasn’t right,” Wilson said. “It wasn’t professional. As a teacher, it wasn’t appropriate.”

Reps for North East Carolina Preparatory School told ABC-13 in a statement, “This is a personnel matter which has been handled appropriately by the K-7 principal.”

Though Tamarion will be moving to a different classroom, Bryant is warning other parents that: “If it happened to my son, I’m pretty sure if not a week, a day, a month, a year, it will occur to somebody else’s child,” he said.

The child returned the signed punishment doc back to the school, along with the definition of the word “ma’am” attached, the family said.

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15 thoughts on “Parents Outraged After 10-Year-Old Son Is Reprimanded By School For Repeatedly Calling Teacher ‘Ma’am’ [Video]

  1. Justbeingme on said:

    so now its okay to scold or repremand a child for showing respect for his elders. when will it stop at first its the hair now its being respectful. how ignorant and hateful to treat children like this i would have went to that school and told her ma am and see what she say to an adult about it. its time that parents get together and put a stop to this.

  2. Charity Dell on said:

    The teacher does not know that “ma’am” is the contraction for “Madame,” an address of polite RESPECT. The student knows more than the teacher–and the student should NOT be punished for displaying good etiquette!

  3. MAYBE SHE IS TRYING TO BE A MAN AND SO SHE MAD ABOUT BEING CALLED. MAAM…LOL. OLE TIRED AS WANNA BE HEIFER. OLE CRAZY AZZ BEARD GROWING THAING…OLE WISH SHE HAD A DI#K WISHER OLE I DON’T KNOW WHAT I AM BUT I’M NOT A MAAM WISHIN OLE GOT A FEW LOSE SCREWS IN THE HEAD OLE RUNNIN AROUND NEEDING A DICTIONARY TO LOOK UP WORDS SO CALLED TEACHER…LOL. BYE…SIR..THING…IT..HEIFER..HONEY BOO BOO MAMA JUNE LOOKIN…

  4. Hey thats Democratic PC liberalism don’t get mad this is what the new democratic party now represents No Boarders, No Genders, No Laws, No Dissension

      • You sound like one of those mental midgets that swore Hilary would win the election by a landslide P.S. Since I’m not a black man living in Chicago but rather a predominatly white conservative city my life expectancy is extremely good, but you keep watching your back
        when your walking around in the hood

    • Jhuf is a wannabe. If you’re so happy with your choice of political affiliations, and being a squeaky clean conservative (nut job), be gone boy. Shouldn’t you be planning the next white nationalist rally?

  5. African American Woman on said:

    In this day and age where so many young people are so rude and disrespectful; you get this one beautiful child who calls you ma’am and that causes you to lose it?!?!?! We always need teachers and most are wonderful and dedicated; but this piece of crap needs to go and never work with children again. Let her work in a prison where she can be insulted all day long. I hope these parents demand her removal.

  6. Wow, so a mere 1o year old gets scolded for referring to his teacher as “maam.”

    At least this child had some damn manners, which is more than what can be said for
    SOME kids.

    Sounds like this POS educator has some ISSUES which only SHE can address!!!!!!!!!

    NO NEED FOR PUNISHMENT here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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