A teacher of the year was fired for leaving a dirty diaper on a 3-year-old. According to People Magazine, Kelly Hahn, a teacher at Wilkinson Early Childhood Center in St. Louis, Missouri, was fired from her job after leaving a child in a soiled pull-up. The toddler arrived at school wearing a pull-up diaper, which is against school policy. Hahn called his parents right away, but reportedly left the diaper on the boy despite noticing that it was dirty.
Another employee noticed that Hahn (pictured above, second from the right in the back row) didn’t change the boy and decided to make a call to the Missouri Department of Family Services. The teacher ended up getting fired for “neglect and endangerment,” which shocked many parents.
“It is mind-blowing, actually. My wife and I are both enraged by the whole situation. She is a fabulous teacher. We couldn’t speak more highly of her,” said T.J. Gilmor, whose two sons have had Ms. Hahn as a teacher.
The teacher of the year fired over the dirty diaper has received quite a bit of support from parents of children at the childcare center. Many can’t believe that the teacher was fired for not changing the boy’s diaper.
“It’s pretty crazy to think that a pull-up would be considered neglect. She deserves to be in the classroom teaching our children, not fighting for her job,” said parent Nancy Durante.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, several parents have threatened to pull their children out of the school until Ms. Hahn is given her job back.
According to Fox News, the family of the young boy who was left in his dirty diaper has also spoken out to the media in support of Hahn.
“Regardless of the policy, what happened is so minor that it couldn’t possibly warrant incriminating a fabulous teacher,” said Cynthia West.
Hahn is due in court on March 4, as she is facing very serious criminal charges. It’s unknown if she would be offered her job back if she was found not guilty of neglect and endangerment, but that’s what many are hoping. There will undoubtedly be plenty of parents on hand in the courtroom, and some may even choose to testify in the case if it comes down to that.
Do you think Hahn was rightfully charged? Do you think that the school was right by firing her?
[Photo courtesy of St. Louis Public Schools via Fox News]