Parents upset over teacher's appearance on "The Bachelor"

Filed under: Day Care & Education, That's Entertainment

Claiming that the show doesn't promote family values, some parents in the Houston suburb of Sugarland, Texas are upset over Amber Alchalabi's appearance on the reality television show The Bachelor. Amber is a fourth-grade teacher at Colony Bend Elementary school and has taken a leave of absence while she vies to win the heart of U.S. Navy Lt. Andy Baldwin, MD.

Parents, who had been told the teacher was on a leave of absence due to a personal matter, became aware of the true reason for her absence when they were asked to sign waivers allowing their children to be filmed in the classroom when Alchalabi and Baldwin visited the school.

Alchalabi had permission from the principal to take this leave of absence, but Fort Bend Independent School District spokeswoman Mary Ann Simpson says the principal should have discussed the matter with a supervisor before granting the time off. According to Simpson, leaves of absence are generally reserved for those with severe circumstances. Husband hunting probably does not qualify and the school district is now investigating the matter.

In a letter to the school district, parent Lesley White said "The show "does not promote family values, moral values or appreciation of the normal 'dating' process." Well, you can't argue with that. But I agree with Alchalabi's supporters, who say that what she does on her own time is her own business.

The Bachelor is not a show is intended for children. It's an adult show with an adult theme. I assume that those who find the show offensive don't let their children watch it. Other than her absence from the classroom, how has Alchalabi's appearance on the show had any affect whatsoever on her students?

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