Tattoo under elbow on elementary teacher?

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
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  • Post # 2
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    I have two tattoos, so I’m not against them. I just can’t imagine that one on your forearm will be received 100% by your employer. Does your school/district have a policy on visible tattoos?

    Post # 5
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    If I were in your position, I’d get them wherever I wanted but I’d keep them covered. Yes, there’s no policy. Yes, they may not be able to ask you to cover them. But the parents are your “real boss” and it’s best to keep them happy. They might not be offended, but they might not want their children to see tattoos on their teachers, either.<br /><br /><br /><br />For what it’s worth, I love tattoos and I think they’re lovely (Although I have none of my own.) I wouldn’t have a problem with my children seeing tattoos on their teachers, but I can understand why it might upset some.

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    Post # 6
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    LilaPenelope:  You’re right, I definitely don’t think it’s offensive. I think as long as there is no policy against it that it wouldn’t be a problem. Your students would probably think it cool that you have your dog’s prints as a tat…The only thing that would be a pain would be having to cover it everyday if parents asked you to.

    Personally, I wouldn’t care if my daughter’s teacher had a visible tattoo provided it wasn’t offensive.

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    LilaPenelope:  I’d consider getting them on your wrist.

    I honestly hope that the parents of your students can see beyond a tattoo.

    I have no idea if my son’s teacher has any tattoos- but I love his personality so much, that I could give two sh*ts.  I do have four tattoos myself- but that bares no weight on how I feel about them in general.

    The only thing that grosses me out is when people get inappropriate tattoos- like naked women with big boobs– mostly because I just don’t get.  

    We have to be so PC about everything these days– how on Earth could a tasteful, meaningful tattoo offend people?  I don’t get it.

     

    Post # 8
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    Newbee

    LilaPenelope:  We live in a world full of tattoos! I’m currently a student teacher in a 7th grade classroom, and my co-op has a few visible ones! It’s not like its a tattoo of Satan or a gun! I’d most likely cover it up when you know you’ll be meeting parents and such. 

    Post # 9
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    Helper bee

    I have 12 tattoos, 4 on my forearms and no one from my job has ever asked me to cover them! Get them where ever you want!!

    Post # 10
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    980 posts
    Busy bee

    I think on your forearm would be fine, and easier to cover if you’re asked than if they were on your wrist. Your kids would love them too and because they’re not offensive only the rudest of parents would complain. 

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I think they are such cute, harmless tattoos that no one would be offended and you should get them where you want. I would only cover them for parent/teacher conferences and the like just to cover your bases.

    Post # 12
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I have a daughter in 5th grade and I would not think anything of her teacher having tattoos on her arm. 

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    LilaPenelope:  I think where you want it would look great. The tat itself is small and not offensive, like you said. Also, if you did want more of a ‘professional’ look some days then wear long sleeves.

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee

    LilaPenelope:  I work in an elementary school and they are pretty laid back. A few people have visible tattoos but all places are different! Probably a good idea to have a plan for covering it if youre concerned about it.

    Post # 15
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    Busy Beekeeper

    I think you are fooling yourself if you think this may not have any impact on your career or your placement now or in the future, if you ever wanted to move to another district. There are no anti- discrimination laws with respect to tattoos. It can be an unspoken thing and you’d never know. 

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