Take that, ya little turdblossom

Some weird goings-on in Wayne, New Jersey:

A township teacher who lost her tenured position and whose teaching license was suspended after she made fun of a curse word in a student’s name has lost her appeal.

Yvette Nichols had appealed an October decision [pdf] by the state licensing agency for teachers — the Board of Examiners — suspending her teaching certificate for a year for posting a screenshot on Facebook of an assignment a student had completed, which instructed students to “practice writing my name the kindergarten way.” Nichols’ Facebook post, however, focused on the curse word in the student’s name.

What is this story missing? Right:

The decision does not specify what the student’s name was, or what curse word it contained.

Theoretically, I suppose, the child could have been named for a marginally famous river, like the Washita.

(Via Strong Language.)


  1. Dr. Weevil »

    3 July 2015 · 1:34 pm

    Hmmm. A common (Asian) Indian name is Dikshit (also spelled Dixit), but that contains two, so probably something else. Vietnamese Phuc? That doesn’t ‘contain’ an obscenity, it’s coextensive with one. Something like the British town Scunthorpe? Perhaps a Scandinavian or Greek girl named Helle? So many possibilities . . . .

  2. backwoods conservative »

    3 July 2015 · 3:16 pm

    It seems like an awful big fuss to make over some titular profanity.

  3. McGehee »

    3 July 2015 · 3:35 pm

    My mother-in-law’s oncologist’s name is pronounced a-SEE-kis, but at first glance that’s not what it looks like.

  4. fillyjonk »

    3 July 2015 · 4:47 pm

    There’s the bad old joke about someone named Shutheed….not spelled quite that way.

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