OPINION: Tattooed or not teachers are there to teach
COMMENT BY NATASHA CHRISTIAN: AS an online moderator while I enjoy our commenters' passion for ranting there are some topics where I cringe every time I hit the publish button as I know it will most likely end badly. Mosques and Vaccination anyone?
Another is tattooed women.
I've seen hundreds of comments containing 'hate speech' calling tattooed women ugly, unattractive, stupid, unoriginal, easy and worse.
This week it's the tattooed teachers that have been put into the firing line.
Tell me, how is a teacher with tattoos going to harm your child any more than a teacher who smokes, is overweight, has anger or mental health issues, is gay, or a different ethnic background and religious belief to your own?
When I think of my own high school teachers there were plenty that fit into these minorities, including a very tattooed woman.
I can confidently say not one affected my education based on how they chose to present themselves. If I did do badly at subject it wasn't because the knowledge hadn't been passed on… it just hadn't sunk in or I was too lazy and uninterested to focus.
Teachers are there to teach but they're not responsible for your child's values. That's yours.
If you're concerned about your child's 'bad' influences, perhaps it's time to notice their friend groups or even how your own household operates.
While teachers have a responsibility to prepare kids for the big bad world with their ABC and 123, they shouldn't be expected to share the same ideals that you do also.
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What a teacher chooses to do with themselves in their private life and to their body should be their choice, not yours.
If a tattooed teacher is doing their job well and professionally then let them teach.
At the end of the day it's up to you to effectively communicate your values to your kids about tattoos and let them decide from there.
If you don't like their decision it's more than likely no one's fault but your own.
Natasha Christian is the Digital Producer for the Sunshine Coast Daily.