A teacher gave a 7-year-old girl a strong warning after the student had written her name in cursive on a piece of homework.
The girl, identified only as Alyssa, received a message in red pen at the top of her work.
“Stop writing your name in cursive. You have had several warnings,” it read.
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Neither the teacher nor the school where the incident occurred have been identified. But reports say it took place in Kansas.
The story broke when a family friend shared a picture of Alyssa’s homework on Facebook in September 2015.
“Share this everywhere... Alyssa is 7!!!” wrote Brenda Hatcher.
“Not only is her mother a military veteran but, she took the time to teach her very young child how to write in cursive,” she added.
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Gail Varney, Alyssa’s mother, also posted a comment:
“I emailed her teacher and CC'd the principal along with a picture of it. Still waiting on a response."
Students are expected to learn to write in cursive during the third grade and to write legibly in cursive by the fifth grade, according to public school handwriting regulations passed in 2013. Alyssa would have been either in first or second grade when the incident took place.
“The teacher claims she can't write in cursive because the other students don't know how to do that yet,” Hatcher wrote.
According to Pop Sugar, there are several reasons in favor of teaching kids to write in cursive. Studies have shown that printing letters and writing in cursive use different parts of the brain. One study even suggested that people who wrote in cursive had more brain activity than those who printed or typed.
Kids also perform better at reading and in spelling tests if they have been taught to write in cursive.
In addition, people with learning disabilities like dyslexia or those with a severe brain injury can find it easier to understand cursive.
Many people commented on the post to criticize the teacher’s actions:
“Best of luck to any teacher who writes this on my children’s papers!”
Other commenters suggested the girl had to follow directions.
Hatcher’s post went viral, garnering over 920,000 shares.