Local teachers say some parents drink, smoke, and appear half-dressed in online classrooms

by San Eli News

In a school board meeting Wednesday, Boca Raton Elementary teacher Edith Pride delivered a colorful message to parents.

“Parents, please make sure that you have on proper clothing when you are walking behind your child’s computer because we’ve seen them in their drawers, their bras, and everything else,” Pride said during public comment.

Pride said she had plenty of issues to take up with the district, but dedicated her entire three minutes to this fiery message.

“Parents, when you are helping your children at their computer please do not appear with big joints in your hands and cigarettes,” Pride went on, “Those joints be as big as cigars. Oh yeah, we’ve seen it all.”

Though her comments drew laughter from the crowd, her message struck a chord with many local teachers who have had similar experiences navigating the sometimes unpredictable world of online lessons.

“I did have a parent who sat on the couch and we could see an ankle monitor on her leg,” one teacher, who wished to remain anonymous told CBS12 News.

“I had a father, no shirt drinking a beer at 11:45 in the morning,” another teacher said.

While teachers say that most parents are respectful of online class time, they worry about the behavior some kids are being exposed to in the online classrooms.

“[Students] do see other things that they’ve probably never seen before so I know that is a challenge,” one teacher said.

A spokesperson for the District tells CBS12 News that all classes are recorded in case students need to go back and review their lessons.