Just 24 hours after a student committed suicide, his former teacher took to Facebook to call the boy a “brat” and a “bully.”
“You were a moody, disrespectful little brat,” Australian teacher Simon Cox wrote of the 16-year-old student.
In the same post, Cox criticized the boy’s parents for making excuses about his behavior and described the boy’s death as unimportant.
“Nothing special,” Cox wrote. “Now I’ve got to wash my hair.”
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In response to the Facebook rant, the student’s uncle Peter Britten claimed the insults were unjustified. He described his nephew as a stay-at-home kind of kid and loved by all.
Dozens of parents who saw the post called for Cox to be fired.
According to the Northern Territory’s Education deputy chief executive Susan Bowden, Cox has turned in his resignation, which will be effective April 14.
In a statement, the Department of Education apologized for Cox’s behavior.