Rutherford teacher writes "WTF is this?" on student's homework assignment

This image shows a homework assignment that a teacher wrote an inappropriate comment on. (WJHG/...
This image shows a homework assignment that a teacher wrote an inappropriate comment on. (WJHG/ Melinda Smith)(WJHG)
Published: May. 28, 2019 at 5:20 PM CDT
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A Rutherford High School teacher may have to face consequences after writing a slang term for a cuss word on top of a student's homework assignment.

Melinda Smith said she was shocked when her son handed her his science homework and "WTF is this?" was written across the top.

"Just seeing WTF what is this, you know, basically... is this there's no credit, it wasn't anything about not getting the credit, it was more so the language about what the writing to students, that was very inappropriate and not acceptable for a teacher whatsoever," said Smith.

And now she's calling for the teacher to account for her actions.

"I think for sure she needs to be reprimanded, I believe that something should be placed in her file," said Smith.

We're told the teacher in question does not want to respond publicly to the situation.

Rutherford Principal Coy Pilson said they are taking the necessary steps to deal with the incident, and does not want to release the teacher's name at this time.

"Once we were notified, I notified district officials and our HR has been involved and they're currently investigating the situation," said Pilson.

He said he has spoken with the teacher regarding appropriate classroom conduct.

"She was apologetic and it was a mistake on her part," said Pilson.

And he says he wants the community to know one thing about Rutherford, "All of the teachers at Rutherford High School are caring, loving teachers and we're also human and so, we make mistakes, but we understand that we are called to a high professional standard and when we make mistakes we try to correct those mistakes and move forward."

It's unclear if any action will be taken against the teacher at this time.

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