Kindergarten Teacher Threatens to 'Shoot' Her Students

Kindergarten teacherA kindergarten teacher in Memphis is suspended after saying awful things about her little students on Facebook. Tameka Gatewood threatened her students and mocked them in a public forum and still seems to think that is OK. Here's a memo: It's not.

First of all, the children were 5. So right there, there is no excuse for threats. I don't care if the kids are complete and total monsters. They are BABIES. But even more, kindergarten is arguably the most important year for students. My 5-year-old wakes up excited to go to school every single day.

She thinks school is fun and exciting and full of art projects and friendship, and about half of that is because of her wonderful teacher. The teacher makes all of the difference in a child's life and kindergarten makes all the difference in a child's education. So how will Gatewood's students feel when their teacher says things like this:

How bout I blasted both of them. The girl in my class hair is nappy almost every day and the boy wears dirty clothes, face nasty and can't even read. They didn't bother nobody else when I got through with them ... What do you think you're supposed to do? Bang! Bang! Shoot 'em up dammit! Just kidding!! For real tho -- slap their ass back then Bang! Bang! Shoot 'em up dammit.

What was she thinking? One could defend her by saying she was just talking to her friends and was joking. But, as the mom of a kindergarten daughter, I don't see it as a joke at all.

If that is what she says in public, what on EARTH does she say in private? She is threatening children. She is making fun of them. And her grammar and spelling are atrocious.

Any one of those things should be grounds for dismissal, but all of them put together are disturbing, indeed. Even if she never said a bad word to the kids, kids aren't dumb. The fact that she is thinking those things ought to be enough to convey to the children that she doesn't love them.

How dare she take vulnerable kids and behave in such a manner? I get that teaching is hard. I get that there is little reward and a lot of work, but I also think the bare minimum requirement to become a teacher ought to be a love of children.

Why would anyone who dislikes little ones possibly go into teaching? The only thing I care about with my child's teacher is that they treat my child (and the other children) well. The rest falls into place through good parenting and peers.

This is just so sad. This teacher needs to find a new profession.

Do you think kindergarten is the most important year for kids?


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nonmember avatar Emily

I have had more bad experiences with teachers than good ones. I finally had enough when a teacher allowed my daughter to get hurt by other students in her class and graded several of her papers wrong. I still get mad when I talk about it. Now we home school.

fleur... fleurdelys3110

More concerning than the threat she made is her grammar. No one wonder kids these days can't speak or write properly.

nonmember avatar Sarah.S.

Some of the best teachers I know aren't huge fans of kids. You know what they do love though? Education! They are passionate about teaching. They get awesome results and kids tend to really like them.

But not one of them really likes children, they won't have children and tend to decline kid centered social invitations.

Just because they don't like children doesn't mean they are mean to children or act anything but professional.

This woman is just a wench who should not be teaching children at all.

ImaSo... ImaSoulMom

Exactly. No wonder the kid couldn't read with a teacher like that. If she writes that mess i would love to see her class rules.

1. Do ur homework

2. Just kidding

3. Bang bang! I said do ur homework!

I feel bad for her students. Hope she gets canned.

athom... athompson2189

i would hunt this woman down!!

IKnow... IKnow0101

I'm just amazed that feel the need to post every single thought on facebook.

mybab... mybabybugssmile

This woman is a teacher? I thought you had to pass basic English to accomplish that. I was wrong.

nonmember avatar kay

to non member Sarah S....

That makes no sense at all. They love education but not children? Then why wouldn't they teach adults if they're so in love with education, yet not children? Anyone can teach middle school and high school, but you actually have to have a degree in early childhood education to teach in elementary, i.e CHILDREN. So they purposely and intentionally studied a field that directly and exclusively serves children... yet they don't like children. Maybe you meant they don't want to have children of their own. Hmmm.. either your friends are lying to you or you're lying to us.

Caera Caera

Well, if a 5-year-old is reading a Facebook post, the parent of that child should probably be slapped with a negligence charge. Otherwise, I really don't think they'll ever find out what their teacher expressed on her personal, non-school related, Facebook page.


ImaSo... ImaSoulMom

I realize caera, but certain jobs come with certain standards for conduct. If you choose a vocation with children this is unacceptable. If she was a stockbroker, i would just hope she doesn't get the chance to screw up her own kid

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