A teacher who covered tattoos in kindergarten in France, who spent nearly 500 hours under a needle, was banned from teaching children under six years old after a parent complained that he gave their child a nightmare.
Sylvain Helaine, now 35, began covering her entire body with tattoos after going through a “crisis crisis” at 27 years old while working for a private school in London, according to Reuters. Not only did he cover his entire face and tongue with ink, but he even changed the operation on the whites of his eyes to appear black.
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Last year, however, while teaching kindergarten at Docteur Morere Elementary School in Palaiseau, a suburb of Paris, the parents of a three-year-old student complained to officials, the outlet reported. Although their son was not pointed out by Helaine, they claimed that their son had a nightmare after seeing him.
Helaine was later told that she would no longer teach kindergarten. A spokesman said students under the age of six “could be intimidated by his appearance,” according to Reuters.
Helaine was discouraged by the transfer of officers.
“I think the decision they made was a bit sad,” he said.
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However, Helaine was still able to teach children 6 years of age and older.
Although getting tattoos was her “passion,” she said she wanted to stay in her career as a primary school teacher.
“I love my job,” he said.
Later, after an initial shock, he said his students were able to see his external appearance.
“All my students and their parents are always cool with me because they usually know me,” he said.
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She hopes she can use this experience as a learning lesson for her students about accepting people differently.
“Maybe when they grow up they will be less racist and less homophobic and more open-minded,” he said.
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