Substitute Teacher Allegedly Told Student He Needed Plastic Surgery


UPDATED: Friday October 5, 2012 6:44 PM

A Westerville substitute teacher is under review after allegedly making an unkind statement to a student.

According to the sixth-grader’s mother, the teacher insinuated that her child was ugly.

The alleged incident involved a retired teacher, who taught in the Westerville City School District and now occasionally serves as a substitute teacher.

Mother Stacy Long said that the teacher used poor judgment when he made an insensitive comment in class at Walnut Springs Middle School on Wednesday.

Long said that when she complained to the school, the teacher asked her to call him.

Long said that she recorded the phone call with the teacher, who is heard saying that the comment was made after he announced that the class was a “good looking class.”

“Looking around, and I said, ‘Well, some of you are going to have to get plastic surgery to have a date,’” the recorded phone call says.

The teacher told the mother that he was sorry for his comments and wanted to “know what I can do to make you and your son and your family feel better.”

Westerville schools released a statement to 10TV News on Friday.

“(The teacher) realizes that the comment he made during an informal conversation with the class was insensitive. It was not directed at any particular student, and he has apologized directly to the family and student for his lapse in judgment.”
 
The district said it was still investigating, but would make a decision soon as to whether it would continue to use the teacher as a substitute.

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