Teacher Has Contractions, Students Snaps Glorious Selfie, And The World Freaks The Freak Out

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Boy oh boy is there some feigned moral outrage over Malik Whiter taking a selfie while his high school teacher was having contractions. Susana Halleck, who is seven months pregnant, was having false contractions and was in a lot of pain and on the phone with her sister when Malik asked her to smile. She obviously ignored him, and Malik took the snap anyway and posted it to his Twitter account, where it quickly went viral.

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I don’t think this kid who have taken this snap if his teacher were bleeding or unconscious or if everyone was in some giant panic. Sure, he is kinda a jerk for doing it but newsflash, teenagers ARE jerks. They are inappropriate and goofy and dumb. Big deal, he took a picture at not the most appropriate time but I bet now that the teacher is okay she is probably pretty amused by it too. Besides, we don’t know what happened before or after the photo was snapped, maybe she was joking around with him or maybe they have the type of relationship where they tease each other. A lot of the commenters on the NY Daily News article do not like Malik, they do not like him one little bit!

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Lolwhut? I have no clue what Jerry Lewis has to do with anything.

I think before people start pitching such a monumental fit over this and wringing their hands in feigned moral outrage they should wait and see what he teacher has to say. Was it not the best time? Yes. Does it mean Malik is some terrible human being? No. He is just a dumb teen, with a million watt smile who I’m sure is a nice kid.

According to the Miami New Times, Susana isn’t expected to deliver until December 15. I wish her the very best for a wonderful delivery, but I hope she doesn’t invite Malik to the labor. I can’t even imagine the photo ops he would find there.

(Image: twitter)


  1. CMJ

    October 22, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I just say – bad timing bro.

    • Eve Vawter

      October 22, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      This is my fave

  2. Annona

    October 22, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I do think it’s just another example of how the internet/social media/smart phone culture is significantly altering people’s perceptions of appropriate behavior. Overall, some of the things that people do with their phones and what they think are appropriate things to photograph and share with the world are pretty disturbing to me and I would like for it to stop. But otherwise, yeah, just a goofy teenager doing goofy teenage shit, no more horrible than any other kid.

  3. coffeeandshoes

    October 22, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    To me the bigger issue is the language butchery. At what point did the word “is” become such a hassle to use?

  4. ted3553

    October 22, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Teenagers are self-centered idiots most of the time (I have 2). I’d like to think his parent(s) talked to him about his actions, but I’m pretty confident that had I been the teacher in this situation, it wouldn’t have been the end of the world.

  5. JLH1986

    October 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    While I hardly think this is the end of the world, the woman was having contractions 2 months before she was due. She was clearly (from the photo) hurting and probably freaking out and this kid was asking her for a photo? I don’t think the kid should be raked over the coals, but like Annona says, this is showing what is/isn’t acceptable to share and how we react in certain situations. He shows virtually no concern for her, he just wants a selfie? Tacky. Not a smart move? for sure. Internet viral worthy? Meh

  6. jendra_berri

    October 22, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    This guy is a dick, not an inherently bad person. Teens grow out of being dicks most of the time. I wonder what his parents had to say about his picture. What they have to say to him about it will probably shape his long term feelings about what he did.
    I think it’s fair for people to tell this kid he was wrong and get mad. That’s a normal consequence for being an ass in the public sphere. But no need to assassinate his character.

  7. jmuns79

    October 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I’m a high school teacher who is pretty chill about most things. I once had a kid tweet me during class to tease me. No biggie. It was funny. But, having just had a baby in June, I would be upset by this, even if it was a kid with whom I had a great relationship.

    I know that teenagers can be jerks; I work with hundreds. But when I sprained my ankle while 7 months preggo, I had so many kids volunteer to help me. I even had a kid volunteer to steal a hoverround for me! I like to see the good in them, rather than the bad. That being said, I think this kid acted like a jackass in making fun of a terrified woman in pain. Great relationship or not, he crossed the line. Maybe, if he respects her, he can realize (or she can teach him) why this was such a giant breach of trust.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      October 22, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      No doubt! The schoolyear I was pregnant…I didn’t pick up anything I dropped that whole time. I’d just kind of look forlornly at the floor and a student would dive on the offending object and pick it up. I got so spoiled. If I dropped something at home, that’s totally my problem.

      But I gotta wonder, why isn’t her first call to the office to get someone else to cover her class so she isn’t having contractions in front of kids? Or go out in the hall? Yes, she looks panicked….but when I have an emergency, I bolt out the door and yell to the teacher across the hall to “watch them!” while I take care of it. And she would call someone to cover my class without hesitation. So, while she’s scared, she’s still in the classroom but calling her sister? I find it weird.

    • BlueBelle

      October 23, 2013 at 3:36 am

      Not everyone has the wherewithal or ability to act fast or act at all, especially when you’re terrified. Anecdotal evidence: I pass out easily. I can feel it coming on and I know it’s happening, but I am not going anywhere. I don’t care who I inconvenience. It’s better than the alternative of trying to save face and fainting mid-move.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      October 23, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      But she has the wherewithal to get out her cell phone and call her sister?

    • BlueBelle

      October 24, 2013 at 6:12 am

      I think you’re intentionally missing the point here.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      October 24, 2013 at 8:46 am

      I don’t think you understand. In my district (and many others), talking on my cell phone in front of a class is something I’m not aloud to do. If it’s reported that I did it, I would have to visit with my boss and explain myself. I realize it’s an emergency, but if I have an emergency (I’m not prepared for), I won’t have my cell phone on me. It’s locked in a file cabinet in my purse. Most teachers I know have the same situation. So….emergency in a classroom does not equal me on my cell phone to my sister. First I’ve got to go unlock my cell phone…I have to walk right by my classroom phone (which I am supposed to use) AND my emergency call button to get to it. So pardon me if it seems strange. That was my only comment.

      I get that you understand her, but if you feel that you’re going to pass out, is your first call to your sister, or to someone who could actually possibly help take care of you? That’s my point.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      October 24, 2013 at 9:20 am

      And, if she had hit the emergency button and the RN was on the way to the classroom, (instead of calling her sister, which seems casual), her student probably would have understood the emergency nature of the situation, and might have taken it seriously, instead of snapping this silly selfie.

  8. Fabel

    October 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    • Eve Vawter

      October 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm


    • Cee

      October 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      I came here just to say that. They are glorious!

    • Rachel Sea

      October 22, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      The one with the Hindenburg made me LOL.

  9. personal

    October 22, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I’m pretty sure a high-school boy has no idea how bad it is to have a baby 2 months early. He probably just thought it was exciting.
    On a side note, when did it become allowed to wear tank tops in schools? I thought all shirts had to have sleeves of some sort.

    • Sarah Hollowell

      October 23, 2013 at 9:45 am

      Yeah, but they don’t care as much if you’re a dude. It’s the girls they crack down on the most.

  10. allisonjayne

    October 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I guess I’m a bad person because I am kind of giggling? He obviously didn’t know that contractions at 7 months can be a scary bad thing (unless you have been or are currently pregnant, most people don’t really know how serious premature birth can be)…I don’t know, I think it’s kind of funny (knowing that everything ended up ok).

    • Zettai

      October 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Took the words out of my keyboard.

    • whiteroses

      October 22, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      Tbh- the first thing I thought was— nice dental hygiene, Malik. Well done.

  11. Rachel Sea

    October 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I can think of a lot of reasons this photo could have turned out to be horrible: if there was something wrong with the baby, if something happened to the teacher, if it affected her job…but this kid is certainly too inexperienced to think of all the reasons why it could turn out to be a terrible post, even if it was taken with warm intentions.

    Social norms just aren’t what they once were. A lot of people use selfies to document EVERYTHING. Like many things teenagers do, I think it’s both funny, and in poor taste. If the teacher is okay with it now, then I’m okay with it, and vice versa. I hope for all of them that this is just an amusing item for the baby book.

  12. Annie

    October 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    I think this is one of the most hilarious things I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s like a brilliantly orchestrated performance art piece. By his expression and the description following the tweet, I have no doubt that this was done with zero malevolence in mind but a grownup appreciation for sarcasm.

  13. G.S.

    October 22, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    *spits Coke out across room* THAT WAS REAL?!

    Seriously, I thought it was faked, or something. Everything is just too perfect. It’s like it just crosses the line SO FAR, it just comes back around and is funny again, the contrast is that friggin’ big.

    I also like how you can see someone’s arm up at the top kind of reaching for the teacher to help her. That’s sweet.

    • AmazingE

      October 23, 2013 at 8:16 am

      Yeah I was pretty sure it was staged too, especially after finding out that the “girl lights herself on fire twerking” video was staged. And by Jimmy Kimmel of all people, haha.

  14. ElleJai

    October 22, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    If it was me, I’d be annoyed at the time but think it was funny later. I’d also take the opportunity to explain why I was so upset so that he’d be more understanding of others.

    I don’t think he’s a bad kid, I just think maybe it didn’t need sharing online.

  15. Bee

    October 23, 2013 at 12:44 am

    I have a problem with people putting pics of others online without permission. It bugs me. Especially minors, which isnt the case here. I dont know, just really bugs me. I think its creepy & a huge invasion of privacy. I hope everything is ok for the teacher. Cant help but think if something had gone very wrong this pic would be out there forever. Yeah Im sure the kid didnt think of that, but isnt that what were supposed to be teaching our children about technology? You have to really think things through because once its out there, its out there. Sidenote: This classroom is making my sorta OCD tendencies itch, its all over the place!

  16. Sarah Hollowell

    October 23, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Man I just think he was being goofy or thought it was exciting. He might not have known that she was only seven months (I lose track of that with my friends when they’re pregnant) and even if he did, as others have said, he probably didn’t know that’s a big, scary deal. I don’t even fully know the implications of that and I lurk around parenting sites.

    It was probably not the brightest idea ever, but I don’t think he was being a jerk or a dick or the various other things people are calling him. He was being a silly teenager.

    • Muggle

      October 23, 2013 at 10:15 am

      This is what I thought, that he didn’t know she was only 7 months along. Teenagers aren’t exactly the most knowledgeable about pregnancy. He just thought it was funny that his teacher, who he does seem to care about, thought she was going into labor, and assumed she was full-term. Definitely still not the best idea, but I don’t think he deserves all the hate he’s getting either.

  17. HS

    October 25, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Ok, ok, I laughed! Sue me why doncha! I really have to wonder what was going on in this classroom though. Not only does everyone have cell phones, but the kid has his earplugs in. But the sheer joy in his face contrasted with her Oh Shit face is pure comedy. I do wonder how she feels about the pic though. I’m thinking no harm, no foul.

  18. FF4life

    October 27, 2013 at 5:33 am

    I feel that it was inconsiderate of her to bomb his selfie. ;p

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