The day after a disgruntled mother complained about her child’s preschool on Facebook, the school reportedly expelled her 4-year-old son.
Ashely Habat said that she and her son Will were running late for school on picture day at Sonshine Christian Academy.
After she mentioned to the administrator who was checking Will in that she thought the school didn’t give enough notice of picture day, the administrator replied that they had put a note in Will’s folder the previous week.
Habat said that she then took to her Facebook page—never expecting the school to see her post—to vent her frustrations.
“Why is it that every single day there is something new I dislike about Will’s School?” she wrote. “Are my standards really too high or are people working in the education field really just that ignorant.”
The very next morning, she received a call from the school asking her to stop by the office when she dropped her son off.
Habat said the school explained to her that “they just felt like we weren’t the right fit, parent relationship with the school, and that they didn’t want him as a student anymore.”
“He had done nothing wrong,” she added.
The letter of dismissal explained to Habat that “you utilized social media to call into question not only the integrity but the intelligence of our staff…these actions are also consistent with sowing discord, which is spoken of in the handbook you signed.”
“I was in shock,” Habat recalls. “Why would you expel a 4-year-old over something his mom posts on her private Facebook page only people on her friends list can see?”
Habat maintains that she does not regret expressing her opinion, although she does wish the school had tried to work with her before expelling Will.
WJXT contacted the principal of Sonshine Christian Academy for a comment but has not yet received a response.