According to CNN, 35-year-old teacher Sylvain Helaine says that he is no longer allowed to teach kindergarten thanks to his heavily tattooed physical appearance. He also has the whites of his eyes dyed black. Helaine was teaching kindergarten at the Docteur Morere Elementary School outside of Paris last year, but after the parents of a three-year-old complained that he was scaring their son, he was moved to teach older kids. The parents also added that the child was having nightmares after seeing him at school.
For Helaine, the transition was “quite sad.”
“All of my students and their parents were always cool with me because basically they knew me. It’s only when people see me from far away that they can assume the worst.”
And even though he now has to teach kids 6 and older, he still loves his job.
“I’m a primary school teacher… I love my job.”
Pretty sure giving little kids nightmares is the opposite of what you’re looking for in a school teacher, especially at the kindergarten level. I mean, does it suck for Sylvian, who seems like a pretty good dude that loves to teach and loves tattoos? Yeah sure it does. And in a perfect world, outward appearances wouldn’t matter to anybody, but it’s not a perfect world (far from it).
The good news is that he still gets to teach (older kids) and the other good news is that I don’t think there is really any way he could get more frightening. I mean, unless he starts growing a horn on his head (totally possible by the way, I’ve seen it) or something, I think he’s reached the peak.