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Caroline Melanie Lee, 60, was charged with felony 3rd-degree child abuse after she allegedly struck a student at Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts in Jacksonville in the face, causing them to bleed from the nose.
According to a Duvall Schools Police report, the dispute began when the school district made an Instagram post last Wednesday congratulating Lee for being named Teacher of the Year.

1. Is "them" correct? Shouldn't it be "it", since the face was bleeding?


2. Can "on" replace "for" without a change in meaning?



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Yoong Liat1. Is "them" correct? Shouldn't it be "it", since the face was bleeding?

No, "it" would be weird. "them" refers to the student. The use of "they/them/their" for a person of unknown/unspecified sex is a common workaround for the lack of specific pronouns in English. It is very common in conversational speech, but can look more or less horrible in writing, depending on context. To my eye this is a moderately grating example, coming as it does after "a student". Opinions may vary.

Yoong Liat2. Can "on" replace "for" without a change in meaning?

Yes.

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Yoong Liat1. Is "them" correct? Shouldn't it be "it", since the face was bleeding?

"Them" does not refer to the face, and it could not because the face could not bleed from the nose, as a matter of sense. The student bled from the nose. The writer used "them" to refer to the student because "them" has become the de facto unisex singular pronoun, used when the sex doesn't matter or when you want to hide it, as here. You can't identify children in cases like this. This "they/them" is also used as an extreme PC dodge to cover what some call "gender" because the male/female dichotomy leaves out people who can't or won't be described that simply. Actually, they (there it is again) hid the child's sex by saying "the nose" instead of "his nose" or "her nose".

Yoong Liat2. Can "on" replace "for" without change in meaning?

You do see "on" on that setting, but "for" is better.

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