By Simon Collins
Her mother, who posted about the incident on social media, said her daughter went into the girls’ toilet and stood in front of the mirror calling the name “Bloody Mary” five times.
Her teacher at a state primary school made her stay inside during lunchtime filling in a form about how she had infringed a school value of “taking responsibility” and writing that she would not do it again.
“It’s pretty weird to make a kid miss a lunchtime for trying to summon a ghost,” the mother said.
Friends who saw the post on social media responded incredulously with comments such as “Priceless”.
The mother, who declined to be identified to protect her daughter, said her girl was just copying other children.
“It’s been going round the school since the start of the year, she’s kind of caught on to it a bit late,” she said.
“She was just annoyed because her teacher thought she was swearing and she was thinking, why doesn’t my teacher understand what it is?”
The mother said she had had “a lot of issues with the school” because she did not feel it was dealing appropriately with bullying, so she plans to move her children to another school.
NZ Skeptics chairman Mark Honeychurch said the teacher’s response seemed “an over-reaction”.
SOURCE: NZ Herald