Teacher writes absolutely pathetic on homework

Should This Teacher Be Fired After Writing ‘Absolutely Pathetic’ On Student’s Homework?

A Dad from Pennsylvania in the USA, has called for his son’s teacher to be fired after she wrote “absolutely pathetic” on his 8-year-old son’s homework.

The students had been asked to solve as many subtraction sums in 3 minutes as they could.

Afterwards, whilst marking the student’s efforts, the teacher wrote the following:

“Absolutely pathetic he answered 13 in 3 min! Sad.”

The father, Mr Piland, then shared a picture of the comment, written on his son’s homework on his social media channels.

“My son Kamdyn’s teacher has been so rude to him and myself all year he comes home with this and I am beyond frustrated that someone would write this on a childs (sic) work such great motivation,” he captioned the post.

The post consequently went viral and has started an online petition calling for the teacher to be fired from her job.

The ‘Petition to fire Alyssa Rupp Bohenek from the Valley View school district’ has attracted a huge 16,000 signatures since Mr Piland posted.

Mr Piland posted an update saying: “Thanks to all the efforts and support of the dedicated people who signed and shared this petition, I’m happy to announce that the teacher in question is currently being investigated by the Valley View school board.

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There have been hundreds of comments on the petition, with one saying:

“Shame on her.”

Another wrote: “She violated ethical obligations and is unprofessional. Disgraceful to teachers everywhere.”

One social media user added: “This should be unacceptable from an adult in an authority position over a child.”

The school principal Rose Minniti said:

“It’s a personnel issue and the results of that are not going to be dictated by social media.

“It’s going to be dictated by the facts and evidence.

“As always with everything, we’re going to try to do what’s best for the students and what we need to do for the employee under investigation.”

What do you think about this? Comment below and let us know your thoughts.

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  • It’s all about context. If hes bright and capable of more, but getting distracted by others despite warnings and conversations, I could see that this could perhaps slide am due a way of explaining that hes missing his potential by being distracted by others.

    However, there are kinder ways of going about it, and it’s pretty terrible practice, but not a stackable offence.

  • Vicki Youngelman 8th May 2019 Reply

    We do not have all the facts. Were their conferences with the parent? Was the child getting tutored? However, there is no excuse for what the teacher wrote. This served no good to anyone. The teacher seems to be in “burnout” herself and has forgotten what her goals in educating are. This is a very young child and perhaps this teacher should be placed on administrative leave.

  • Cheryl Champion 2nd August 2019 Reply

    If she was my child’s teacher and did what she did I would want her fired.I would never want her to teach my child!

  • He did his best. His answers were accurate. Shame on her. Fire her!

  • Grow a set. How many questions were on the test. And maybe it was harsh, but firing? Come on. This should all have been taking care of privately. Too much on social media. You will never get full story. Maybe the kid is just a problem. Obviously Dad is. Take all this energy and get the kid help. Is Daddy gonna get his boss fired if he can’t handle criticism? Life isn’t gonna get better. But again, all of this is something that should NEVER had been handled through social media


  • This teacher is so mean! As a teacher, she should know that every child has their own strengths, weaknesses and capabilities. If this child’s capability is not so good (apparently), the teacher should try and help the student instead of criticizing him. For all she knows, the child might have some learning disabilities or some issues going on with his friends/family, which is affecting his work standard. To be completely honest, I feel that the boy did not do badly at all for that assignment, but I can understand that the teacher feels that the boy could do much better. Well, I hope that there will be less insensitive teachers like this, and that there will be more approachable ones. (And btw, I’m a kid from Singapore lol)

  • Sue Burvill-Shaw 31st May 2020 Reply

    This is not how a good teacher works! So surely, the focus should be on giving her the professional help she clearly needs to improve her skills. Perhaps she is at her wit’s end and no-one has supported her? How much real teacher training has she experienced before being placed in the classroom. Fire any school system which allows such a classroom situation to develop!

  • It was a distressing comment for me, as an *adult,* to read. Such acidic and shaming comments from a person in authority can scar an 8 year old child for life. Thank goodness his father supported his young son.

    Perhaps she is unsuitable for the role of elementary teacher, and should look for an alternative job.

  • I think the father is the child’s first problem. He is teaching his son to be a victim. Instead of being an ADULT and addressing the teacher directly he took it to social media, which is the cowards way. I think dad is “pathetic” and more interested in likes and shares than actually helping his son. Does he realize that he’s furthering his sons humiliation by sharing on social media? If he were truly concerned about his son he would have handled it with the teacher, the principal, the superintendent because in all honesty who cares what a bunch of strangers have to say about the situation? Especially when they are only getting dads side of it?! I think dad teaching his son to make it a public debate is more “pathetic” than anything. HE is responsible for teaching his son how to problem solve and how to deal with the ways of the world and IMO he failed. Is he going to take to social media for every issue or problem or disappointment his son has? Are we going to be seeing a post in the future about his sons boss being “so mean”? Or how detrimental it was to his son when the coach didn’t pick him to be on a team?
    Great job teaching your son to play the victim!! WTG DAD

  • The Dad is the child’s only true Advocate. If the teacher has issue with the work she should hold the paper set up a conference with Dad the learning director and her self and work together to put together a constructive learning plan that the child can follow. Parents need to stay engaged with the education process it is so easy to get derailed and over loaded. Our children need us more than we know.

  • Nasty, a horrible narcissist teacher wrote ‘pathetic’ on my chemistry exam once, I was 15 and it was really humiliating, so I can’t imagine what it must be like for a young child. Hope they get rid of that woman, she shouldn’t be teaching

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