Mom's Nasty Facebook Message Gets 4-Year-Old Son Expelled From School

A 4-year-old boy and his mom got a big surprise after mom posted a comment about his private school on her Facebook page: the preschooler was asked to learn his ABC's elsewhere.

Ashley Habat, from Florida, says she was upset because she didn't feel the administrators at Sonshine Christian Academy gave parents enough notice about picture day. When she expressed this sentiment to an administrator after checking her son Will in late on picture day, she was told a note was placed in her son's folder the week before.

But that excuse didn't satisfy Habat. She did what a lot of us do when we want to vent: she posted a comment about the source of her frustrations on Facebook. And that one move was enough to get her son expelled from the institution.

To be fair, her comment was probably more ruthless than the situation called for. Habat reportedly wrote: "Why is it that every single day there is something new I dislike about Will's School? Are my standards really too high or are people working in the education field really just that ignorant."

Not nice. But, okay, this is supposed to be a free country and all -- so Habat should, technically, be allowed to post whatever she wants on her social media account.

But, by the same token, Sonshine Christian Academy is not a public institution and has the freedom to accept and reject students. It works both ways.

Habat says she tagged the school in her post, but she also says it was meant to be read by only her Facebook friends -- so that part is a bit unclear.

She was asked to come into school the day after she wrote the post and speak with administrators after she dropped off Will. That was when she was given the news that her son was no longer welcome to attend classes at Sonshine Christian Academy.

In the letter of dismissal, it states: "You utilized social media to call into question not only the integrity but the intelligence of our staff ... These actions are also consistent with sowing discord, which is spoken of in the handbook you signed."

I feel awful for her little boy -- it's terrible to rip him away from his friends and teacher because of a dumb thing his mother wrote on Facebook. And I wish the school, particularly because I assume it believes in Christian values -- one of which is forgiveness -- would have at least given Habat a warning before taking such an extreme measure.

But, at the end of the day, a private school has every right to make the final call on which students it will or will not accept. These administrators likely felt Habat would poison the well with her attitude about its teachers and regulations -- and, therefore, it makes sense that they would rather see her place her son in a school that better suits her needs.

What do you think? Did this school do the wrong thing expelling the mom's son because of her Facebook post?


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Alynn74 Alynn74

Sounds like the mom wasn't liking the school anyway by her FB comment, so why is she upset that it happened? She wan't happy-they let her son go. Win, win for everyone.Wha's the problem?

nonmember avatar Day

Absolutely not! My oldest just started kindergarten in a private Christian school. All the families are held to high very standards. Not only for the school but for the church the school is affiliated with. I would never expect to get away with trashing my sons school like this. I do feel bad for the little boy but the mom should have known better. If she was that unhappy then why didn't she go elsewhere?

Lacey Foxhall Williams

Um she tagged the school in the post?! She didnt think they would see it?

miche... micheledo

Haa haa.  I was kind of on the mom's side until I got to the part where she tagged the school in her post.  Maybe it isn't the school teachers that are lacking in intelligence!

Ashleigh Munson

When are people going to learn that social media isn't a diary. You should not be writing every single thought down and sending it into the ether for anyone to read, and expect there to be no consequences from that. A more adult way of handling that would have been a meeting with the admin of the school. And if you really didn't like the school, move him! Sounds like this woman just wanted drama.

1Tall... 1TallMamaCA

She got mad that she didnt pay attention to a notice, then blamed staff for her not paying attention. Then went to complain about her not paying attention being someone elses fault, but got no where.

So she complains on Facebook, which in a handbook she signed says she isnt allowed to do. 

It never ceases to amaze me how parents behave now a days in regards to school, even as early as preschool.

Gamer... Gamer_mom1

Eh. Those schools are trash. I wouldn't send my kids there.

Caera Caera

That mom has probably been a thorn in the school's side for a while. I don't blame them one bit for dumping her. 

Rachel Tower

Oh please. She clearly over reacted because she failed to notice what was sent home. Then she went to social media to complain and tagged the school, she clearly wanted them to see it as well. Stupid on her part. And as for the school should show forgiveness because it's Christian, shouldn't she have done the same thing??

OneTo... OneToughMami

So a week is not enough notice? Alright lol on a side note...I hate when day cares purposely spell things wrong to be cutesy or whatever the word for this would be.

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