She called the school’s principal and superintendent, who told her that was unacceptable.
“They just told me it'd be handled and promised she'd never go through anything like that again,” Welsh said.
MaKayla’s mother said the district handled the situation quickly. A video was shown to other students to help them understand what MaKayla was going through.
“When the video was done, the whole class rallied around and hugged her. She was excited and couldn't wait to go to school,” said Welsh.
Nicole Welsh had a message for the substitute teacher and others working with children.
“Be careful on how you word things to children… Words can hurt a lot more than anything else. They can stick with you forever,” she said.