Teacher Causes A Stir By Breastfeeding Her Baby In Class

19/11/2014 10:30 | Updated 20 May 2015

Teacher causes a stir by breastfeeding her baby in class

A teacher who breastfeeds her baby in the classroom has caused a stir in an American high school.

Students say the unnamed teacher in the small town of Poyen, in Arkansas, U.S., has been bringing the baby to school on and off for weeks.

But while some teenagers are indifference to the baby's presence, others say the crying and his or her need to feed are spoiling their concentration.

One pupil, called Sally, told local news: "It's a distraction, especially since we have a bunch of teenage boys in there.

The teacher started bringing the baby to work on and off after she returned from maternity leave to the school of around 250 students.

One of the pupils snapped a photo of the teacher breastfeeding the baby under a blanket and posted it to Facebook.

Another recorded the baby crying in the classroom and said the baby is a constant disruption to the class.

But others disagree. One student said the baby may as well not even be there.

Tyler Rhodes said: "The baby just lays back there and plays with its toys, every now and then it may cry, but she goes back there and takes care of it."

Another, Chase Rhodes, added: "I mean it's a cute baby and I don't think it's a distraction at all."

The school principal said teachers are allowed to bring their children to class only in emergency situations, but wouldn't comment further. He said the situation was a 'personnel issue.'

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