A nursery nurse in Florida has been fired after a mum discovered marker pen on her son’s stomach which said ‘out of diapers’.
Heather Chisum was horrified to find that her one-year-old son had permanent marker on his stomach which stated she needed to provide more nappies.
The mum of two sought the advice from others by sharing the discovery through a Facebook post as she wanted to know whether or not she was “justified” to feel so angry about the way the situation had been dealt with.
So far, it’s racked up 30,000 shares and 22,000 reactions since Wednesday morning.
“I need opinions. Am I right to be furious about this? Or am I overreacting?” Chisum asked. “I really need your opinions guys, because I’m about to barge in this daycare tomorrow morning and have some words.”
She added: “I’m a single mom with a full-time job and two very young children.
“SUE ME FOR NOT READING THE REPORT EVERY SINGLE DAY.”
Heather shared what the lady had written on her child’s stomach, as it had become faded due to her trying to remove it.
In the Facebook post, she also wrote: “I change his diaper this afternoon AND SEE THIS WRITTEN ON MY SON WITH MARKER. You can’t even see all of it in the pic. It says, ‘Mom I’m out of diapers pls read my report.’
“In the very worst-case scenario, I can’t see anything other than ‘need diapers’ needing to be written.
“Why a big long message needed to be written across my son’s stomach is beyond me.”
She concluded her Facebook post by writing: “Help. Am I over exaggerating? Give it to me straight people.”
So. I need opinions. Am I right to be furious about this? Or am I over reacting? I really need your opinions guys,…
The mum, who lives 15 miles from Cape Coral, said that she usually receives a report every time she collects her son from the nursery. It would share information such as how he had been behaving that day, what he had to eat and whether he ate it all, and whether or not he needed more nappies and wipes.
As she was busy, Heather had not really paid attention to one of the latest notes in the booklet that informed her she would need more nappies. But when she dropped him off at the nursery she was not reminded of the fact and they didn’t make any comments.
Heather insisted in the post that she never usually forgot to include the nappies, and she would have understood if it wasn’t the first time and she had just written on the actual nappy instead.
The Children’s Education Centre of the Islands, where Heather’s son attended, did not immediately respond.
However, the director of the centre, Cindy Carter DeCosta told NBC affiliate WBBH in Florida: “It was a breach of our professional ethics on the part of the teacher.”
DeCosta added that the centre took immediate action in removing the nursery nurse from the school.
“We are reviewing protocols already in place to ensure that nothing like this occurs again,” DeCosta said.
Heather told WBBH that she and her partner have now filed a police report on the situation.
She has taken to Facebook to share thanks to everyone who supported her and gave her advice on the unusual predicament.
She stated: “I’m overwhelmed with the amount of attention this has received. People and news stations from all over the country reaching out to me to offer their condolences and support. I want to say I’m thankful for all of you.
“However, I’ve seen several people now saying comments such as ‘she has plenty of money to spend on makeup she could have gotten diapers’ and I’m BLOWN AWAY that somehow all of these people have gotten copies of my bank statements to make statements so bold as I buy makeup over buying my children diapers. All based on my featured pictures showing me wearing makeup (I’m assuming that’s where they are jumping to this conclusion).
“So let me put this out there, I have NEVER and will never put my needs before my children’s. No one knows my finances, or what I spend my money on, and it’s NONE of any one’s business.
“I HAVE EXTRA PACKS OF DIAPERS IN MY CLOSET! The issue was never not having money for diapers or not having diapers to bring them.”
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