A tattoo-covered kindergarten teacher in France, who spent nearly 500 hours under the needle, was banned from teaching children under the age of six after a parent complained about giving their children nightmares. sons.
Sylvain Helaine, now 35, began getting tattoos all over her body after going through an “existential crisis” at age 27 while working for a private school in London, according to Reuters. Not only did he get ink all over his face and tongue, but he also surgically altered the whites of his eyes to look black.
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However, last year, while teaching kindergarten at Docteur Morere elementary school in Palaiseau, a Paris suburb, the parents of a three-year-old student complained to officials, the outlet reported. Although their son was not educated by Helaine, they claimed that their son had nightmares after seeing him.
Later, Helaine was told that she would no longer teach in kindergarten. A spokesperson noted that students under the age of six “might be scared of her appearance,” according to Reuters.
Helaine was put off by the officials’ move.
“I think the decision they made was pretty sad,” he said.
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However, Helaine is still capable of teaching children aged 6 and up.
Even though getting tattoos is her “passion”, she said she wants to stick with her career as an elementary school teacher.
“I love my job,” he said.
Eventually, after an initial shock, he says his students are able to see beyond his outward appearance.
“All my students and their parents always agreed with me because they basically knew me,” he said.
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Her hope is that she can use this experience as a learning lesson for her students about accepting different people.
“Maybe when they are adults they will be less racist, less homophobic and more open,” he said.
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