FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Fort Wayne mom Dawn Miller says she was never notified that her 5-year-old son was escorted out of his classroom for wearing the wrong kind of face mask.
Miller says, “I’m sending him to school with a mask that I feel is appropriate to him and if you don’t like it, you need to call me. She [the teacher] didn’t, she changed his mask.”
Southwest Allen County Schools
Miller says her son was taken out of his classroom unnecessarily. “The fact is that she is going to take my kid out of class and make him feel weird and tell him to take it off. She literally took it off his face and put this exact one on his face saying it was the governor's mask and unless he has this mask, he cannot come to this school. He is not allowed at this school unless he has this one on. I said this is discrimination.”
Miller says she reached out to Southwest Allen County Schools Superintendent Philip Downs.
Miller says, “He said, well I am the superintendent, I was the one who was voted in and if you don’t like it you can vote me out. I said, well you’ve made your point pretty clear.”
FOX 55 News reached out to the Southwest Allen County school district which released a statement saying it never discusses a specific student.
Miller says she just wanted a mask that was better for her son and that he could breathe in as well.
She says, “They’re just not handling this right with the parents. It doesn’t make me feel good to send my kid to school when they’re telling me that this is the way it is whether you like it or not.”
Miller said this isn’t the first time she hasn’t been notified about her son.
She says the same week he came home with cuts on his hands from falling down.
Miller says, “They didn’t even call me when he was hurt. He came off the bus with cuts all over his hands. I said, “Hey buddy, what’s wrong?” He told me he had fallen down in the gravel.”
Miller says she just wants open communication and felt hurt that she wasn’t notified that both of these incidents happened without her knowledge.