ST. LOUIS -- Parents in St. Louis are protesting the recent firing of an award-winning preschool teacher over what they say was her response to a child with a soiled diaper.
According to KTVI, Kelly Hahn, teacher at Wilkinson Early Childhood Center, won her school's "Pre-K Teacher of the Year" award back in November. Fifteen days after winning the award, Hahn was put on administrative leave.
According to a letter Hahn received from the school district, she’s now being fired for child neglect and endangerment, KTVI reports.
Parents said the teacher's firing involved a 3-year-old who showed up in a pull-up diaper, which was a violation of school rules. KTVI reported that when Hahn noticed the diaper, she left it on the child and notified the parent, instead of removing the diaper right away.
The child's diaper was reportedly lightly soiled. After witnessing this, another school staff member called the Missouri Department of Family Services, according to reports.
Parents told KTVI their kids were upset over Hahn's absence. Some came home crying every day, wondering where she was.
Some kids even thought Hahn had cancer, KTVI reported.
Many parents attended a meeting held by St. Louis Public Schools superintendent Kelvin Adams at Humboldt Academy of Higher Learning. Some could be seen holding signs in the crowd with words of support for the teacher.
Among the parents who were upset over the school's decision was the mother of the child who came to school wearing the pull-up diaper.
“Regardless of the policy, what happened is so minor that it couldn’t possibly warrant incriminating a fabulous teacher,” mother Cynthia West said in a phone interview with KTVI.
A hearing for Hahn's case is set for March 4.