How would you have have handled it?

It’s 2024 and it’s look like some people still haven’t gotten the memo we need to be inclusive of every culture.

What’s even more disappointing is when these “misunderstanding” people are the ones who are responsible for educating the future leaders of tomorrow!

The internet was furious when one loving Korean mother, was schooled by her son’s teacher (so to speak).

Yes, one preschool teacher claimed this mom packed “inappropriate” lunches for her son. The only problem? They weren’t really inappropriate at all. These lunches were totally standard for Korean culture.

Here’s how one Korean mom — who went be the alias flowergardens0 — decided to handle the situation.

And here’s why Reddit users are backing her up.

One Mother Turned To Reddit — They Were Infuriated

When it came to standing up for herself, the 34-year-old mom aka flowergardens0 wanted to make sure she didn’t cross the line.

She knew parent-teacher relationships have an unspoken, delicate balance. So, she decided to “ask the judges.”

This fierce mama turned to the popular Reddit thread “AITA?” to ask for a little bit of guidance.

The acronym AITA humorously stands for “Am I The A**hole? The Reddit thread is a safe online space for users to anonymously get honest feedback to see if they handled a difficult situation correctly.

She wanted to make sure she didn’t overreact — because if she did, she wanted to make it right.

Here’s What She Wanted to Know:

“I (34F) have a (5M) son who attends preschool. A few hours after I picked him up from school today, I got a phone call from his teacher. She made absolutely no effort to sound kind when she, in an extremely rude and annoyed tone, told me to stop packing my son such “disgusting and inappropriate” lunches.

I felt absolutely appalled when she said this, as me and the teacher have, up until now, always maintained a very friendly relationship. She added that the lunches I’m packing my son are “very distracting for the other students and have an unpleasant odor.” I told her that I understand her concerns, as the lunches I pack are definitely not the healthiest, but the lunches are according to my son’s preferences.”

Even though she was taken aback by the teacher’s surprising overstep, she took a deep breath and did her best to try and reason with her.

How One Mother Responded to a Teacher’s Complaints

She responded by saying she “very much appreciated her worries, but that at the end of the day, I am not going to drastically change my sons’ lunches all of a sudden.”

Flowergardens0 correctly asserted that it’s not her fault if other students are “distracted” by his meal.

“It is very important to me what my son enjoys, and I want him to like my lunches.”

Reddit/ flowergardens0

After the call ended, this mother felt confident in her choice of words.

Then she received a follow up email that made her question whether or not she did the right thing.

The Teacher Wouldn’t Let It Go — She Called Her Response “Unacceptable”

The teacher wasn’t happy with the boundaries flowergardens0 set down. So she sent an email telling flowergardens0 her response was “unacceptable.”

She went on to write her son’s lunches are “just too inappropriate to be sent to school any longer.”

Unsure what to do next, flowergardens0 bravely put herself out there on Reddit and got a bigger response than she could have ever imagined and all the comments were unanimous.

“I want to maintain a healthy relationship with my son’s teachers. I am confused as to what to do. AITA?”

Reddit/ flowergardens0

“She’s Too Inappropriate to Be Teaching at the School Any Longer.”

Even though she wasn’t sure if she did the right thing, the votes were in. It was quickly revealed she was “NTA” or in other words “not the a**hole.”

This teacher definitely crossed the line.

“The other kids are bullying your kid”

“This teacher isn’t teaching these kids to accept differences”

Protecting Her Son’s “Preferences”

One of the more interesting takeaways of this story is even though the other kids in his class were complaining about his lunches, her 5-year-old son was not.

He didn’t ask his mom to switch it up and pack him ham sandwiches instead of kimchi and sriracha dishes.

Even though he was so young, this little boy still knew who he was. He knew what he liked, and “trying to fit in” wasn’t going to change that.

This mom obviously did a good job raising her son. So it’s no surprise she reflected the same confidence. When this teacher tried to shame her, she stood her ground and stood by her son’s preferences.

It may been picked up from a drive-thru window, but that didn’t make his meal any less happy!

A Lesson in Clapping Back, Respectfully

As much as we want them to be, our kids aren’t always on the right side of history.

In every parent’s life there will be many times their children will be wrong. Yes, it’s important to recognize their missteps and help them make amends.

That being said, there will also be times when our children need us to stand up for them.

Just because an authority figure isn’t happy with their choices — or ours for that matter — doesn’t mean it’s right.

Sure, this teacher may not have been fully attune to her actions. But from the outside looking in? It seems like she was using her power position to intimidate a student’s parent and get her way.

Thankfully, this mama stood her ground and hopefully helped this teacher realize that instead of trying to make one student change their habits to make others more “comfortable,” there is an awesome opportunity to teach all her students a powerful lesson about including everyone.