10-year-old boy was punished for calling his teacher 'ma'am,' parents say

Aug 29, 2018
04:05 P.M.
Share this pen

Teretha Wilson's son seemed upset when he returned from school. She asked him what had happened and his response confused her even further.


Tamarion Wilson, a fifth-grader at North East Carolina Preparatory School, had barely started the school year when he suddenly got into trouble with his new teacher for an incredibly trivial reason.

When his mother asked him what had happened, he responded that he had called her "ma'am."

She was utterly perplexed by this statement and started digging through his school bag to see if she could piece together what he meant.

Read more on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa.


Inside his suitcase, she found a sheet of paper on which he had been forced to write "ma'am" four times per line and on both sides.

She asked him to explain what she was looking at and Tamarion said his teacher had become angry after he repeatedly called her "ma'am," despite being asked not to.

He had to write the word out as his punishment and the teacher also insisted that he has the sheet signed by his parents.


Teretha and the boy's father, McArthur Bryant, had taught their children to always be respectful of their elders, and to call them "ma'am" and "sir."

"He had a look on his face of disappointment, shame. At the end of the day as a father, to feel kind of responsible for that, knowing that I have been raising him and doing the best that I can, it's not acceptable," said Bryant.

While the teacher was screaming at him, she also said that "if she had something, she would have thrown it at him."

Tamarion was just recently hospitalized for seizure-related activity, which included memory loss and hallucinations, something the teacher had apparently not known.


Wilson and Bryant met with the teacher and the principal, where the angry mother asked the teacher why she had thought it appropriate to threaten her son.

The teacher insisted it had only been a joke. Wilson requested from the principal that her son be moved to a different class with a new teacher instead.

"If it happened to my son, I'm pretty sure if not a week, a day, a month, a year, it will occur to somebody else's child," Bryant said.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

After His Little Brother's Death, Boy Starts Disappearing After School until Mom Follows Him — Story if the Day

May 08, 2022

13 Years after Son Dies, Woman Gets Letter from Boy Who Calls Her 'Mom' and Invites Her to Prom — Story of the Day

January 27, 2022

School Bus Driver Drops Boy in Wrong Town, He Calls Mom Saying 'I'm in a Dark, Dirty Room' – Story of the Day

January 30, 2022

Rich School Boy Notices His Teacher Visits Abandoned House after Class and Decides to Follow Her – Story of the Day

May 06, 2022

Man Who Hasn’t Seen His Old Dad for 17 Years Visits and Sees His House Ruined — Story of the Day

March 10, 2022

Teacher Notices a Change in Little Boy's Behavior and Soon Finds a Note Asking for Help – Story of the Day

February 14, 2022

Teacher Learns Kids Bullied Little Boy Because of Jersey His Grandmother Knitted Him — Story of the Day

January 25, 2022

Mom Calls Police on Her 10-Year-Old Son after Finding Out He's Rude to His Teacher

May 14, 2022

Dad Finds Out Teacher Mocked His Son at School after Finding an Offensive Note on His Test

April 26, 2022

Man Hears His Dog Barking from Afar, Finds It Sitting near an Abandoned Baby – Story of the Day

March 27, 2022

Woman Wants to Quit Job So She Won't Have to Teach a Problem Child, Ends up Adopting Him

April 15, 2022

Stepson Mocked by Adoptive Parents & Their Children Finds Letters They Hid from Him – Story of the Day

March 12, 2022

Boy in Wheelchair Whose Party No One Attended Makes a Wish & Finds Boxes on Doorstep the Next Day – Story of the Day

May 03, 2022

Poor Girl Says Old School Teacher Is ‘Horrible,' Secretly Records Him to Have Him Fired

April 16, 2022