Tattoos Is My Love
PALAISEAU, France (Reuters) – A man who is schoolteacher has make lots of tattoos on his body, face and tongue all are covered in tattoos and who has had the whites of his eyes surgically turned black said he was not permitted from teaching at a French kindergarten after a parent complained he scared their child.
But the teacher, Sylvain Helaine, who age 35 year old, 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 arrival.
“All of my students and their parents were always happy with me because basically they knew me,” said Helaine, who probable he has spent around 460 hours under the tattooists’ needle.
“It’s only when folks see me from far away that they can take on me the nastiest.”
He said last year he was giving lessons to kindergarten at the Docteur Morere Elementary School in Palaiseau, a suburb of Paris, when the parents of a three-year-old child complained to educational authorities. They told their son, who was not qualified by Helaine, had bad dream after seeing him.
A few of months later the school the system informed him he would no longer teach kindergarten children, he said. “I think the his conclusion they took was quite sad,” said Helaine.
A spokesman for the local education consultant said an contract was reached with Helaine to move him away from teaching kindergarten. Learners under six “could be worried by his looks”, the spokesperson said.
In spite of the setbacks, Helaine said he would switch with his chosen career. “I’m a school teacher … I love my job.”
He said he in progress getting tattoos at the age of 27 when, while teaching at a private school in London, he had an “existential crisis”. Since then, he said in front of people, “Getting tattoos is my passion.”
He said he look forward to to show his learners that they should accept people who are different from the norm. “Maybe when they are adults they will be less racially prejudiced and less homophobic and more open-minded,” he said.