A horrified mother has shared her anger with the internet after discovering a teacher had shortened her daughter's traditional Maori name.
Here's the full story...
Now, this story has horrified and outraged many...
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The majority of children look up to their teachers...
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So if a teacher is seen doing anything...
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Because at the end of the day...
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But there are certain things role models shouldn't be doing...
And that's perpetuating racist microagression.
As stated earlier, one mother was completely horrified upon finding out what had happened to her 5-year-old daughter at school.
The mother, from Palmerston North, New Zealand, recently explained how her daughter had been mistreated at school.
The teacher has claimed her Maori name was too difficult to pronounce.
Changing it without the child's permission.
The child and mother were understandbly upset.
And it seems the internet has thoughts ...
Paris Tautu shared her upsetting story ...
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"Can you imagine your child being too embarrassed to say their name because people won't make a decent effort to pronounce it properly?"
"I am sad that in 2021, in Aotearoa, a 5-year-old girl has lost the pride that comes with her beautiful name."
Her daugher's name is Mahinarangi.
"Mahinarangi is a prominent tūpuna in my iwi. I have taught my daughter the meaning of her name and how much mana it has."
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"I tell her to be strong and proud just like her tūpuna was."
"I wanted my daughter to be surrounded by her own culture and not have to worry about things like this!"
"When I went to pick her up one day I heard her being told off because a teacher was calling her 'Rangi' and she wasn't responding."
"I have taught her to break down her name into single syllables to educate people and help them with correct pronunciation."
"She feels a sense of pride when people give it a go."