Florida teacher gives student ‘WTF’ on homework assignment


BAY CO., Fla. (CNN Newsource) – A Florida teacher didn’t give her student an “F” — instead, she wrote “WTF” on a paper to let him know he would be getting a zero. The student’s mom isn’t happy about it.

Melinda Smith said she was shocked when her son handed her his science homework. “WTF is this?” was written across the top.

“Just seeing ‘WTF’…it wasn’t anything about not getting the credit, it was more so the language,” she said. “That was very inappropriate and not acceptable for a teacher whatsoever.”

Now she’s calling for the Rutherford High School teacher to be held accountable for her actions.

“I think, for sure, she needs to be reprimanded. I believe that something should be placed in her file,” Smith said.

The teacher in question does not want to respond publicly to the situation.

Principal Coy Pilson said they are taking the necessary steps to deal with the incident and didn’t want to release the teacher’s name at this time.

“Once we were notified, I notified district officials, and our HR has been involved and they’re currently investigating the situation.”

He said he’s talked to the teacher about appropriate classroom conduct.

“She was apologetic and it was a mistake on her part.”

He said he wants the community to know one thing about Rutherford.

“All of the teachers at Rutherford High School are caring, loving teachers and we’re also human and so we make mistakes. But we understand that we are called to a high professional standard and when we make mistakes, we try to correct those mistakes and move forward.”

It’s unclear if any action will be taken against the teacher at this time.

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