CALLAHAN, Fla. - A mother in Callahan, near Jacksonville, said her 4-year-old was expelled from his preschool over a message she posted on her personal Facebook page.
Ashley Habat said she and her son will were running late for school. It was picture day at Sonshine Christian Academy.
"The administrator of the preschool checking him in, she's like, 'Well it's picture day. Will, are you excited?' 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,'" said Habat.
Habat said she took to Facebook, saying she just wanted to vent her frustrations. She also never thought the school would see her post.
"They couldn't see it. It was private to my friends only," she said.
The post read: "Why is it that every single day there is something new I dislike about Will's school? Are my standards really too high or are people working in the education field really just that ignorant."
She tagged the school in the post. The next morning she received a call asking her to stop by when she dropped off her son.
Habat said, "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."
The letter of dismissal read: "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."
"I was in shock. 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," said Habat.
The principal of Sonshine Christian Academy was contacted for a comment, but has yet to issue a response.