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What this mother posted on Facebook got her 4-year-old expelled

Posted at 6:08 PM, Aug 27, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-27 19:25:27-04

CALLAHAN, Fla. -- A Florida mom says her four-year-old son was expelled from a Christian preschool over a message that she posted on her Facebook page.

Ashley Habat said it all started when she and her son were running late for picture day at Sonshine Christian Academy, WJXT reports.

"The administrator of the preschool checking him in, she's like, ‘Well, it's picture day, Will, are you excited?’” Habat said. “And you know he of course just went on to class, but I had mentioned that they didn't give enough notice -- and she's like, ‘Well, we put it in his folder last week.’”

Habat, who admitted she took her Facebook page to vent her frustrations, never imaged anyone from the school would see her post -- even though she tagged her son's preschool.

"They couldn't see it. It was private to my friends only," Habat explained.


"Why is it that every single day there is something new i dislikes about will's school? Are my standards really too high or are people working in the education field really just that ignorant," the post read.

However, she received a call the next morning  asking her to stop by when she dropped off her son.

"They just felt like we weren't the right fit of parent relationship with the school -- and that they didn't want him as a student anymore. He had done nothing wrong," Habat said.

Ashley Habat

Ashley Habat

According to the letter of dismissal:

“Your relationship with Sonshine did not get off to a very good start the first day of school...You utilized social media to call into question not only the integrity but the intelligence of our staff. These actions are also consistent with sowing discord which is spoken of in the handbook you signed."

Habat said she was in shock after receiving the letter.

"Why would you expel a 4 year-old over something his mom posts on her private Facebook page only people on her friends list can see," she wondered.

WJXT contacted the principal of Sonshine Christian Academy for a comment, but has yet to receive a response.