A teacher in Alabama has been suspended after a mother turned to Facebook to complain about students being told to reenact the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., with white students forced to play the role of the police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.
According to The Selma Times-Journal, Jessica Baughn, the parent of a sixth grade student at Brantley Elementary School, posted the following message on the “Sound Off Selma” Facebook page:
I am absolutely shocked by what my 6th grade child come home telling me that happened in school(Brantley Elementary). His teacher made them reenact the two current shooting of the young black male’s… The white students had to play the police officer. She even has them get on the internet and research how many times the young man was shot where he was shot at. That is absurd to me then you turn around and make them reenact every bit of it including the shooting…Then sit in class and tells them our black children can not walk in their own neighborhood without white people shooting them and she hated to sound racist but whatever…. Sounds like someone’s racist to me, and to me they are teaching these children to hate one another when we’re supposed to be teaching them to love one another…
Dallas County Schools Superintendent of Education Don Willingham told the Times-Journal that the class did a “skit” about the Brown incident, but declined to give any other details.
“I did put the teacher on administrative leave with pay, because we wanted to do the investigation,” Willingham said. “It’s standard procedure.”
The superintendent met with the school’s principal, the teacher in question, Baughn and her child.
But Baughn expressed concern about the possible effects the classroom reenactment.
“I don’t think it needs to be talked about at school at all, let alone reenacted,” Baughn told the Times-Journal. “It scares me as a parent, because any one of those children could have picked up their aunt, uncle, grandma or whoever’s gun and pointed it at another child and it went off accidentally.”
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