Teacher says he’s barred from teaching kindergarten because of tattoos

N’dea Yancey-Bragg

A heavily tattooed French schoolteacher said he was prevented from teaching kindergarten after a parent complained his appearance scared their child.

Sylvain Helaine, 35, said the parent of a 3-year-old student at the Docteur Morere Elementary School in Palaiseau complained their son had nightmares after seeing him. Although the boy was not in his class, Helaine said he was removed from the classroom for two months and then prohibited from teaching children under the age of 6 years old.

“I think it’s just disgusting,” he told USA TODAY. “They didn’t even try to convince the parent that I was a good teacher and that I had a lot of experience … I felt betrayed by them and I’m a bit sad.”

The local education authority confirmed to Reuters that an agreement was reached to move Helaine because of his appearance.

Helaine said he’s been teaching

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