A dad hit back at an elementary school teacher who left a "rude" note on his sons classwork and he even set up a petition to get her fired... but his actions sparked a huge online debate.

Chris Piland, from Pennsylvania, was horrified when he read the feedback from his song's teacher, Alyssa Rupp Bohenk, which she left on his math work.

The sheet of equations was set by Bohenk for her pupils aged between 7 and 8, asking them to solve as many as they could in 3 minutes.

But when Bohenk marked one student's paper, the boy's dad was outraged to find she had written: "Absolutely pathetic he answered 13 in 3 min! Sad," alongside a drawing of a frowning face.

The photo quickly went viral back in 2019, but has recently resurfaced causing a rift online over the treatment of the child with some labeling it "sickening" and others defending the teacher's job.

Chris captioned the shocking image: "My son's teacher has been so rude to him and myself all year. He comes home with this and I am beyond frustrated that someone would write this on a child's work. Such great motivation."

At the time, he launched a petition to get the teacher fired from her position, which gained over 15,000 signatures, however, it was quickly met with a counter-petition with people claiming she shouldn't lose her job.

Some people expressed their outrage at the feedback left for the child, with one writing: "Any teacher dared to call my kids pathetic they'd know all about it, there is absolutely no need for her to write that on a child's homework. Encourage them to keep trying."

A second said: "Disgusting. Not every child is good at math. Each child, like adults, has strengths and weaknesses. Putting children down this way is never acceptable. I wonder what the teacher's weakness is and if she would like that comment on."

But some people fired back at the comments, saying: "I think her comment was aimed at the parents and perfectly warranted. Get off of social media and practice with your child!"

And another added: "Parents seem to think school ends the moment the child leaves the building, it doesn't. Learning goes on 24/7, I not talking about written learning, I'm talking about visual learning. My daughter is twenty-one and I still ask her to spell things or add things without using her mobile phone, parents should be doing more with their children and not leave it just down to the school."

The school has given a statement surrounding the issue, saying that any action taken against the teacher would be based stricktly on "facts and evidence," not from views written on social media.

It said: "As always with everything, we're going to try to do what's best for the students and what we need to do for the employee under investigation."

What do you think?