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Greece mother who reported teacher speaks
Greece, N.Y. - Mary Jo Norgaard said when she saw a picture of a vulgar word on a whiteboard in her daughters classroom, she was appalled. She said while the picture was taken in the fall, her daughter didnt show it to her until last week.
So she contacted the district.
The picture was posted on Facebook and that post went viral.
As the Greece Central School District investigated the incident, the teacher who allegedly wrote the vulgar word resigned.
The Greece Teachers Association said it worked quickly with the district to resolve the situation.
The union praised the teachers dedication and years of service and called this an error in judgement.
Norgaard had a private meeting with the Greece School Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams and said she was satisfied with how swiftly the superintendent and the district handled this complaint. She told us she doesnt regret coming forward.
The teacher was in a position of authority and respect," Norgaard said. "It wasnt appropriate."
Deane-Williams thanked Norgaard for bringing her concerns to the district and reassured her the matter had been resolved.
Norgaard said she was also assured nothing would be held against her daughter, who still attends the school, because of this complaint.
Other students in the American sign language Class at Greece Olympia High School wore shirts to school that the teacher had given them. Some told us they were sad and upset to lose their teacher over something so stupid.
Caitlyn DeHond said the teacher helped her a lot in class. While DeHond said she wasnt offended by the use of certain words, she did admit that what started as a dirty word game to teach kids a lesson about vulgar language went too far.
Colleagues of the teacher praised her dedication to her students and told us this was blown out of proportion.
The district was working to hire a new teacher and said its staff is very committed to serving children in the Greece community.