In loco parentis

Some people seem puzzled about how to respond to this story:

A teacher asked three eight-year-old girls to shave his beard off in the classroom but made them pledge not to tell their parents.

Michael McLane, a third-grade teacher, then asked them to write a story about the random incident but said the essays wouldn’t be marked and he would keep them in his drawer.

If the girls told they would be banned from the class Christmas party, he said.

Confused school administrators have allowed him to remain in the school while parents are similarly perplexed as to how to react.

(Via Hot Air.)

It’s hard to imagine what was going through the teacher’s head, but we don’t need to.  There’s never any justification for hiding classroom conduct from parents.  Beard or no beard, that alone should be a firing offense.

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