A South Carolina assistant principal was put on administrative leave after posting a photo on Facebook making fun of a six-year-old girl.
According to local news station WYFF, Charles Fowler shared a photo of the girl taken at Walmart to his Facebook page, adding the caption “Honey Boo-Boo in Wal-Mart.”
Parents quickly caught on to the photo, and it eventually made its way back to the family of the girl in question.
Elaine Thompson, her great-grandmother, had this to say about the ordeal:
“(Fowler) just picked her out in Wal-Mart and then wants to ridicule her and call her Honey Boo-Boo just because she’s overweight. She’s got health problems. I take her to the doctor for that. He has devastated my family. He has embarrassed us.”
The story gets even more sad as Thompson recalls how her great-granddaughter reacted:
“(My great-granddaughter) was up until after midnight and she was saying, ‘Nanny, people are calling me Honey Boo-Boo.’ She said, ‘Nanny, I’ve got to lose some weight,’ and she said, ‘I don’t want people to see me like this,’ said Thompson. “She is so sweet and for someone to hurt her feelings like that – not only hers, but all our family. It’s just so embarrassing you know, but more hurtful than embarrassing.”
A petition was created demanding Fowler to be fired, and according to WYFF, it’s had “hundreds” of signatures thus far.
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