A man covered his face with tattoos and turned his eyes black. He says it cost him his kindergarten teaching job

A schoolteacher whose body, face and tongue are covered in tattoos and who has had the whites of his eyes surgically turned black said he was prevented from teaching at a French kindergarten after a parent complained he scared their child.

But the teacher, Sylvain Helaine, 35, 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 appearance.
All of my students and their parents were always cool with me because basically they knew me,” said Helaine, who estimated he has spent around 460 hours under the tattooistsneedle.
It’s only when people see me from far away that they can assume the worst.
    He said last year he was teaching kindergarten at the Docteur Morere Elementary School in Palaiseau, パリ郊外, when the parents of a three-year-old child complained to educational authorities. They said their son, who was not taught by Helaine, had nightmares after seeing him.
    A couple of months later the school authorities informed him he would no longer teach kindergarten children, 彼は言った. “I think the decision they took was quite sad,” said Helaine.
    A spokesman for the local education authority said an agreement was reached with Helaine to move him away from teaching kindergarten. Pupils under sixcould be frightened by his appearance”, スポークスマンは言った.
    Despite the setbacks, Helaine said he would stick with his chosen career. “I’m a primary school teacherI love my job.
      He said he started getting tattoos at the age of 27 いつ, while teaching at a private school in London, he had anexistential crisis”. それ以来, 彼は言った, “Getting tattoos is my passion.
      He said he hoped to show his pupils that they should accept people who are different from the norm. “Maybe when they are adults they will be less racist and less homophobic and more open-minded,” 彼は言った.


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