Sunday 25 February 2018

Note for Kevin: Irish mother receives letter from son's teacher after he calls Junior Infants nativity play 'crap'

Three girls playing as wisemen with a doll in a christmas nativity scene
Three girls playing as wisemen with a doll in a christmas nativity scene

Sasha Brady

Irish mother Bernie McGuinness received a letter from her son's teacher asking her to reprimand him for calling the Junior Infants nativity play "crap".

The note read: "Our class went to see the Junior Infants nativity play this AM. Kevin made the following comment about it: 'the show was crap'.

"This kind of reaction is totally unacceptable in this class. I put him out of the class and I told Sister Maura about the incident. I'm telling you so that you can deal with it at home."

The letter was sent home on December 3, 1998 and Mrs McGuinness fondly recalled the story behind the letter to Ryan Tubridy on 2fm.

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It turned out that Kevin had been expecting a big surprise.

He told his mother that "at little break the lads said there'd be a real baby."

Kevin, who was in Senior Infants at the time, "waited and waited" to see the baby and was disappointed to discover that the "real baby" was, in fact, a doll.

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"When the show was over and the teacher asked what we thought of it I said it was crap and everyone was mad at me," he said.

The next day Bernie had to accompany her son to school where he apologised to both the principal and the Junior Infants class.

That same evening, when his mother returned home from work, she asked him how he was feeling.

Kevin, clearly upset at the damage his words had caused, replied: "If I'd known they were doing their best I wouldn't have said it."

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