North Carolina, mother in ‘disbelief’ after son, 10, punished for calling teacher ‘ma’am’

The piece of paper that Tamarion, 10, was given the assignment to write the word “ma’am” as a form of punishment.

(Teretha Wilson)

The mother of a 10-year-old boy in North Carolina is furious that her son was recently punished for invoking his fifth-grade teacher “ma’am.”

“I was in disbelief,” Teretha Wilson, the mother of the boy, told Fox News on Saturday.

Wilson saw her son, Tamarion, even when they picked him up from the bus stop earlier this week.

“I asked him what was wrong, and he told me that he got in trouble for saying “ma’am” to a teacher. I was in the war, ” she said.


Ask further, Wilson asked her son to give more details about the incident. That is if the fifth-grader in North East Carolina Preparatory School in Tarboro, North Carolina, took out a piece of lined paper with the word ” ma’am written dozens of times.

Wilson was shocked, especially when Tamarion told her that his teacher, who has not been formally identified, told him that he had to go back to the piece of paper with a signature from a parent.

The boy also claimed that the teacher threatened to throw something at him during the incident, his mother said.

“He was disappointed because he felt like he had done something wrong,” she said.

The following afternoon, Wilson went to the school to meet with Tamarion the teacher and the school’s principal. With her she brought a separate piece of paper, on which her son had written the definition of ma’am. (According to the Oxford Dictionaries, ma’am, is defined as “a term of respectful or polite address used for a woman”).

Wilson claims Tamarion the teacher told her that her son “was to get on her nerves when he called her ma’am”, but “could not give me a reason why that was bad.” The teacher also claimed Tamarion knew that they were not bad as they allegedly threatened to throw something at him, Wilson said.

Tamarion is placed in a different teacher in the classroom since the incident occurred.

In a statement to ABC 11, an official with the school called the situation a “personnel matter,” which “is badly treated by the K-7 key.”


Still, Wilson said she plans to call to the school board on Monday to see “if they really plan to go,” although they did not elaborate on what this would entail.

“This is my child respect, then threatened to hit with something. This is not about racism, as some people have made it out to be,” Wilson said, referring to a number of the responses to a family member’s Facebook post where she detailed the incident.

Moving forward, Wilson said she encouraged her son to “always be respectful to [his] elders, even if they don’t want to be called madam,” she said.

“Is this what happens from the education of your child in a good way?” she asked.

A spokesperson of North East Carolina Preparatory School will not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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