Annie's Mailbox: The school's principal has some big tattoos on her neck

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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013 12:00 am

Dear Annie: The principal of the school where I teach has some big tattoos on her neck. She says they are Chinese symbols for “good fortune.” I think they look trashy. I don't mind tattoos, but I don't think large markings on one's hands and neck are appropriate for school. They don't convey authority, and I have a hard time taking orders from her.

The last time she entered my classroom, she pointed to a poster listing class rules and said she didn't like that it had torn edges. I gently said, “I'm sorry, but I've been preoccupied with my students' reading skills, math and grammar, so the torn edges will have to wait a bit.” She left the classroom looking uncomfortable.

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