Teacher loses job after getting his eyeballs tattooed black (Photos)

A school teacher was forced to stop teaching at a kindergarten as his appearance frightened young pupils.  Sylvain Helaine, 35, whose body, face and tongue are covered in tattoos and who has had the whites of his eyes surgically turned black was asked to switch age groups when a parent complained he gave their three-year-old nightmares.

He said last year he was teaching at the Docteur Morere Elementary School in Palaiseau, a suburb of Paris, when the parent said their son, who was not taught by Helaine, was scared after seeing him. A couple of months later the school authorities informed him he would no longer teach kindergarten children.

He said: ‘I think the decision they took was quite sad.’ A spokesman for the local education authority said an agreement was reached with Helaine to move him away from teaching kindergarten.  Pupils under six ‘could be frightened by his appearance’, the spokesman added.

Despite the setbacks, Helaine said he would stick with his chosen career. ‘I’m a primary school teacher … I love my job.’ He still teaches children from the age of six up and said that after an initial shock when they see him for the first time, his pupils see past his appearance. He said: ‘All of my students and their parents were always cool with me because basically, they knew me’. Helaine, who estimated he has spent around 460 hours under the tattooists’ needle, added: ‘It’s only when people see me from far away that they can assume the worst.’

He said he started getting tattoos at the age of 27 when, while teaching at a private school in London, he had an ‘existential crisis’.  Since then tattoos have become his passion. Helaine added he hoped to show his pupils they should accept people who are different from the norm. ‘Maybe when they are adults they will be less racist and less homophobic and more open-minded,’ he said.

 

 

– MetroUK

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One Response to “Teacher loses job after getting his eyeballs tattooed black (Photos)”

  1. This is scary…

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