A Reddit photo of a child wearing a Godzilla costume, whom a teacher brought to class over spring break, is sparking a controversy online. Was the teacher in the wrong because the mini-dino was too distracting? Or is the incident worth laughing off?
"My cousin's son is on spring break, so today she brought him to help teach her class. He decided to wear his Godzilla outfit," a caption on the image reads.
Below is a sample of the comments to the post:
"I'd be unimpressed...if a teacher, or anyone, brought their kid to class and let them walk around being distracting. I pay a lot of money to go to school, and I have attention problems, so if anyone, kid or not, is causing issues it bothers me."
"I would be so distracted by godzilla, I wouldn't learn anything."
"Am I the only one that finds it in appropriate [sic] for teachers to do this? Get a baby sitter. You're creating a distracting environment."
"Please don't do this. If I were a paying student I'd be pissed."
"Find a sitter. I am paying to take a class, not to take a class and be distracted by your kid."
"I would rather you just cancel class, and assign some reading than half-ass the class because you're also playing baby sitter."
"I'd have been furious. I get it, emergencies happen, but if I had a child running around bothering me during a 3 hour exam, I'd likely have demanded a re-take."
"The professor should have kept the child in the hall, or another room, or brought some coloring books or something to occupy them."
"That's just straight unfair to those students."
"To be fair, the post says he was there to help. If he was there as part of a physics demonstration that required a small person or it was a child psychology course and he was going to answer questions, I'm ok with it. Otherwise, I'm curious how he helped."
I understand why people are upset. But I'm also inclined to tell a few of them to lighten up. Life is short. Have fun! Smile! Namaste! That being said, a classroom isn't the ideal environment for a child. Other workplaces might be more conducive to having your kiddo there, like a daycare.
What's your take?
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and soon-to-be mom of 4. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of yoga.