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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.






  • sw

    That woman is an idiot. You tag the school and don’t think they will find out. Instead of talking to someone at the school first you dog their administration on social media which I take it from the article is clearly against the rules in the handbook that you signed. Yet you still wonder why they are putting your son out of the school. When are people going to learn what they should and should not say on social media? SMH

    • angel2

      Some good points you made, SW. Also, I saw nothing offense in what the administrator said. Evidentally, one of the mom’s FB “friends” told on her (well-deserved).

    • Mike Wilks

      I think expelling the son was a bit extreme, he’s not the one at fault and shouldn’t be the one to suffer for her misdeeds.. Give the mother a warning..

  • Mike Wilks

    Give it time and someone on Facebook will report her just to be mean. People do it to me all the time on there, The latest was My Vacation pictures were reported by some 8 year old girl pretending to be an adult, got me suspended for 30 days, and she got nothing. Someone that young shouldn’t be allowed to have a Facebook account. To me Facebook can be your worst enemy..

  • ocdinstructor

    He wasn’t expelled. The service provider decided that the parent was the kind of customer they wanted. Remember, this is a private school and they have a different relationship with parents than a public school. As a service provider, they have a responsibility to maintain good customer relations and that includes all their customers, not just the new ones.

  • Jonathan

    Yes, tagging the school is the same as forwarding it to the school’s newsfeed. Of course they will see it. She obviously does not understand how Facebook works. That makes her the idiot.

  • TeachPreK

    The privacy indicator next to the date clearly shows that it was “Friends of Friends” NOT her friends list only! So that also means that anyone who is friends with those tagged (aka – the school) could see it too. Not too smart!

  • Julie

    She could have expressed her concern privately with the director instead of broadcasting it for all to see. It’s bad business, shows the immaturity of the mom. and sets a poor example for her son.

  • Greg

    Nothing you post on Facebook is private. Hit share and the entire universe can potentially see it. Smarten up people.

  • vacountrygirl

    I am sorry but if it was a private message then they should of not been able to see it. I bet the school could of handled this better. But I wouldn’t want my child to go to a school that gets up set about posts to your personal facebook page.

    • Guest13579

      As soon as she tagged the school, it was no longer private. She needs to learn how FB works. Not only was she venting, but she called the teachers ignorant which is going into bullying territory. If she thinks the school is so ignorant then she shouldn’t want her child to go there anyways; and if she doesn’t think they’re ignorant then she shouldn’t have said that. Plus if she agreed to conduct guidelines that were in a handbook given to her by the school, then yes her relationship with the school would be terminated if she violated that.

  • Sonia Spitzer Woolf

    It’s private if she hadn’t tagged them. That’s how social media works. And personally she was given a week notice for picture day – not the school’s fault she choose not to read.

  • James

    This sounds like a mom who is disorganized and then blames everyone else. You had a week notice yet you’re running late that day and it’s their fault some. What happened to personal responsibility.

  • Jessica

    The school is a private institution. They have the legal right to chose with whom they do business. The mother was given ample notice for picture day and blamed her failure to look at her son’s school folder on the school itself. Classic case of entitled behavior. I applaud the school for terminating care. It showed that they supported their staff from being ridiculed publicly. Unfortunately, her son does suffer for her actions, as she will probably not learn from this situation and treat school staff with respect in the future, either.

  • Simon

    Punishing a child for the transgression of a mother doesn’t seem very Christian to me. Also, my understanding is that Christians are supposed to forgive, are they not? Maybe you should practice what you preach Sonshine Christian Academy.

  • Barbara Codner

    She complains about the school & now that he’s no longer a student, she’s upset!! SMDH!! Even though I believe that expelling him was extreme, I think she would’ve been a problem parent. Every parent needs to know that their behavior can negatively affect their child. She needs to grow the hell up!

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