Teachers complain parents are appearing behind students in online classrooms half-dressed, smoking or drinking

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Florida parents appearing half-dressed, drinking or smoking during their kids' virtual classrooms has prompted teachers at Boca Raton Elementary to speak up during a school board meeting this week.

Edith Pride was one of the first to make a public comment on the matter.

One teacher is asking parents to avoid appearing in the virtual classroom with big joints in their hands and cigarettes, among other things.

Posted by CBS 12 News on Friday, September 18, 2020

“Parents, please make sure that you have on proper clothing when you are walking behind your child’s computer, because we’ve seen them in their drawers, their bras, and everything else,” Pride said at the meeting, according to WPEC.

Pride noted that some parents had been seen holding cigarettes and possibly joints.

“Parents, when you are helping your children at their computer please do not appear with big joints in your hands and cigarettes. Those joints be as big as cigars. Oh yeah, we’ve seen it all,” Pride said.

Other teachers reached out to WPEC sharing similar experiences including seeing a shirtless father drinking before noon in the background of an online class.

Teachers say they are worried about other children being exposed to behavior that is unfamiliar.

“[They] do see other things that they’ve probably never seen before, so I know that is a challenge,” a teacher told WPEC.


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