Teacher Who Let Student Pierce Her Ears During Class Deserves Biggest Eye Roll Ever

cartilage piercingIt'd be understandable if it happened at summer camp, or even at a sleepover, but when your teen comes home from school with a belly-button ring, and you find out the teacher supervised the whole thing, you gotta ask questions. It happened at a classroom at Northern High in Pennsylvania. Ninth grade teacher April Beard let one of her eighth period students pierce her cartilage, then let that student pierce another's navel.

Nice.

According to reports, Beard and the students had been discussing piercing for a few weeks, and one of the kids had a piercing kit. With 15 minutes left in class back in April, she let the body puncturing begin and instructed everyone in the class that "this does not leave the room." She then paid the kid $20 and gave her a homemade necklace as a "thank-you."

Welp, word got out and Ms. Beard lost her job. Not only that, but she's been charged with two misdemeanors: endangering the welfare of a child and corruption of minors. You're not allowed to pierce or tattoo a minor without parental consent -- you're also not allowed to be in the presence of illegal piercing and tattooing.

As a parent, I think I'd be furious if my teen walked in the door and told me that part of class was devoted to piercing the teacher's ear and a kid's belly-button. And it's not the earring nor the navel ring I have a problem with -- it's the incredibly poor decision-making that would send me through the roof. It's a lapse in judgment, sure, but it's totally indefensible ... which is why, I suppose, she was let go and now faces criminal charges.

It's a shame this teacher's brain fart pretty much ended her chances of ever leading a classroom again, but we all have to lie in the beds we make.

At least Ms. Beard isn't walking away totally empty handed -- here's hoping that cartilage piercing was worth it.

What would you do if your child's teacher allowed piercing in class?

 

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SaphireH SaphireH

Sounds exactly like what happened in my hs, we had a girl who's brother was a professional and gave her her own stuff of sterile tools to do it and she would do piercings during homeroom and lunch, plenty of teachers knew. I already had my belly done but my sister wanted hers so she did it during lunch in the girls bathroom, they got caught by one of our vice principals and they called my dad and all he did was laugh while my sister got no punishment

Jessica Lynn Voss

Piercing in the classroom...that sounds sanitary. There's a reason piercing and tattoo parlors have sterile equipment that comes sealed in Tyvek pouches. Enjoy your bloodbourne illnesses. I don't have a problem with piecing or tattooes being talked about or studied in the classroom, in fact that material is relatable and should be brought in to a health lesson because of the dangers of doing it improperly. Bring it into Social Studies/History discuss pop culture and the history behind both with a lesson on culture from other areas. But don't actually bust out some needles and jewelry and start punching holes in each other...geez

talkt... talktokandice

I can't believe she thought "this does not leave the room" would actually happen! Maybe it's a good thing she's not a teacher anymore! Plain stupid...

Jessica Vogt

Dumb decision yes most definitely, but really not that big of a deal! If this is the most "corrupt" thing happening at your child's public high school....... your doing pretty well! Kids are irresponsible and make poor decisions that's how we learn and grow. The teacher was an idiot, BUT life could be worse! People need to stop over analyzing all these small petty things, and focus on some of the real problems with public education! Just sayin....

Kat Stoddard

pff well it's better then teaching them something like how to smoke a bong or give oral sex or say even having sex with them

LMSBCM LMSBCM

ok i agree with both jessica voss and jessica vogt. for one, it needs to be done professionally, or there is a great risk of infection, i think schools should teach about the culture of piercings and tattoos, its something that the students can mostly all agree on liking..and yes it was a dumb decision on the teachers part to do this in a classroom but like jessica said, there are much greater things to worry about in schools than this, and do we actually even know how old this student was the got her navel pierced, im thinking if the teacher did allow this the student must have been at least 18, if not, yet another stupid decision...but over  all i dont think she should be fired and i dont think she should get criminal charges against her...a school in england has allowed a teacher who was caught with child porn keep his job teaching, so if you really look at it, i think she is the least of our worries, plus i would have loved to have a teacher as cool and relaxed as she is. someone who understands students and how they like to express themselves...before i get any backlash for what i said i want to stress that i really dont think she should have done this without parental consent, and the sanitation issues are the concern for me at least...

Beth McSparin

I think articles like this just give people a reason to bitch focus on real problems in the world please

danci... dancingthrulife

i would sit w the superintendent and ask her or him why they hire young assho*es to teach! 

mama_... mama_too_3

I'd be pissed if my daughter came home with her belly button pierced especially if it was by a teacher. But I do agree there's a lot worse that could happen... Like my nieces history teacher/girls basketball coach impregnating not 1 but like 5 girls over the course of 4 years (including my niece).

mama_... mama_too_3

I'd be pissed if my daughter came home with her belly button pierced especially if it was by a teacher. But I do agree there's a lot worse that could happen... Like my nieces history teacher/girls basketball coach impregnating not 1 but like 5 girls over the course of 4 years (including my niece).

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