A Tacoma elementary school principal says she was only trying to teach kids a lesson when she repeated some of their foul language back to them.
But some parents at Lyon Elementary say the kids could have gotten the message without Principal Kelly Wedum dropping an f-bomb on their fifth-graders.
“I guess she decided it was appropriate to use the language the kids used in front of them,” said Patty Chisum, parent of one of the students who heard their principal use a naughty word. “I don’t agree. That’s not how you correct behavior. All they remember is that Mrs. Wedum swore.”
Wedum declined to comment to a reporter this week, but she sent a letter to parents Wednesday offering her “sincerest apologies” after learning the newspaper was working on a story.
She first sent a letter of explanation to parents March 3, shortly after the episode occurred.
In that letter, Wedum said she used the profanity while she met with fifth-graders after receiving a report that a majority of students had been making sexually explicit and vulgar comments at school.
Wedum acknowledges in the letter that she “shared some of the explicit language reported.” She didn’t specify which word or words she repeated.
She said the students appeared shocked, and said that was her intent.