A Teacher Sent a Letter Home Lambasting ‘Lazy’ Parents and Their ‘Dirty’ Children

January 21, 2016 Updated: January 21, 2016

A teacher at a United Kingdom school was not happy with how the students looked after returning from winter break.

Judith Barrett, a head teacher at St. Michael’s Academy in Somerset, wrote an intense letter to parents calling them “lazy.”

St. Michael’s later took down the letter from their Facebook page, but despite a big outcry neither the school nor Barrett have issued an apology.

Read the letter in full below.



School Uniform:

A very big thank you to all of you who send your children in to school looking clean and tidy and ready for their school week. & These are very important life habits to get into which will serve them well in adult life. Unfortunately I have noticed an increasing number of children who are coming to school in a pretty shocking state. They are dirty, unkempt and not in appropriate school uniform, if in any uniform at all. Today, being that it is a Monday, quite a few have returned to school in dirty clothes and obviously haven’t had a shower in readiness for Monday morning.

There are also an increasing number who are not making any attempt to wear black school shoes, in line with school policy. There are also a lot of children who are getting themselves up in the morning and in to school as their parents are still in bed. In a country where there is plentiful running water and washing machines, and shops like Tesco offering entire school uniforms for £10, it is a pretty poor indictment of the parenting skills of some of our families.

I totally appreciate that life is hard for some of you but please make sure that your children are clean and ready for school and that includes the correct clothes. Starting next week I intend phoning home to contact parents of children not in uniform including black shoes, and you will be asked to take them home.

But while some parents are criticizing Barett, others are praising her.

“Well done to you for your approach and actions on dirty and unkempt pupils,” said one.

“Name and shame the parents.”

But others weren’t keen.

“Grades and intelligence have nothing to do with hair and clothes. This teacher wants all these kids to look like robots,” said one commenter.

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