Teacher placed on leave after allegedly calling student racist, questioning Black History Month

Teacher placed on leave after allegedly calling student racist, questioning Black History Month

Erin Beu

An Edmond teacher faces possible punishment after allegedly calling a student racist in front of an entire class.

The teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave, Edmond Public Schools told KOCO 5. The school district is working on finding the proper disciplinary action to take.

Administrators met with the teacher this afternoon, hours after she and the family of the student met this morning.

“The teacher and the other students started calling me racist,” said seventh-grader Latrell Taft.

Taft said they said this because of the shirt he was wearing.

“She asked what my shirt said,” he said of his teacher, “and it says ‘Black King.’”

The teacher allegedly responded by stating it’s a double standard if she can’t wear a “White Queen” T-shirt.

“That’s when she said we need a white history month. And I said Black people don’t have enough recognition and we barely learn about Black people,” Taft said.

Today, the district placed the teacher on paid administrative leave and is considering disciplinary options.

“I want her to get fired. I don’t think she’s a good teacher if she thinks that way,” Taft said.

He and his mother say that he will switch teachers and possible schools if the teacher remains there.

“I do want to go back to school. I just don’t want her to be my teacher,” Taft said.

https://www.koco.com/article/edmond-teacher-placed-on-leave-after-allegedly-calling-student-racist-questioning-black-history-month/35637793

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