Outdoor News recently published an article called A Jan. 4 article called “an incident of hunter shaming.” According to the story, Domonique Yatsko at age 9 recently killed her first deer and her family made her a sweatshirt with an image of the dead deer on it to mark the occasion. There is a big tradition of hunting in this community.
Proud of the sweatshirt Domonique wore it to school, where her teacher allegedly shamed her and told her that “killing animals is not what we do,” according to Outdoor News. The 9 year old girl was so embarrassed and upset she was reportedly threw her shirt in the garbage.
So Domonique’s mother, Heidi, contacted the school hoping to receive an apology, only to be disappointed.
“The principal’s quote to me was, ‘We don’t have dead animals in school,'” Heidi told Outdoor News. “So I asked her what they serve in the cafeteria.”
This mom also spoke to another news outlet about the incident, the Medina Gazette saying that Domonique was humiliated.
“She was ashamed and belittled in front of everyone in the classroom,” she said. “She didn’t know what to think. She was so upset.”
Four days after their initial article was published, Outdoor News ran a follow-up piece relating the school’s side of the story.
“Approximately six weeks ago (on Nov. 21), several children expressed concern to their teacher over the image on a shirt worn by a classmate,” the school district stated, according to Outdoor News. “The teacher then took the student into the hallway and quietly asked her to take the shirt off. The student complied.”
The school district mentioned the mother’s version of the ensuing phone conversation with the principle, stating that an apology was issued by the school.
“Following a phone call from the student’s mother, an apology was issued almost immediately to the student and the family by the teacher, principal, and superintendent,” the district said.
School Superintendent Catherine Aukerman also said the school district “respects the rich tradition of hunting that so many of our students and families share, we are also aware that not every family hunts and not all children have been exposed to those types of images.”
Sources: Outdoor News,Medina Gazette