A North Carolina teacher is being investigated for allegedly telling one of her students that she would “kill all black people” if she only had ten days to live.
Camden County High School math teacher, and head of the Math Dept., Cynthia Ramsey made the statement a few weeks ago, according to an account the student’s parent gave to WAVY-TV’s “10 On Your Side.”
“It is very disturbing,” said parent Kimberley Ashcraft. “That’s when she conveyed to me that Mrs. Ramsey had indicated that if she only had 10 days to live that she would kill all black people.”
Her daughter was in Ramsey’s class having lunch with other students when the alleged remarks were made.
“I was completely shocked. I asked her again, ‘are you sure that was what you heard?’ I could not have imagined a teacher saying that.” Ashcraft said. “I conveyed to my daughter that this is a very serious allegation and I need confirmation that this did happen.”
The school and Camden County Sheriff’s Office have opened an investigation into the matter. The sherif informed 10 On Your Side that other students corroborated the story.
Ramsey was placed on paid leave but, days later, was back teaching in the classroom.
“I was very disappointed to hear that she was back in the classroom so soon,” Ashcraft said.
School Superintendent Melvin Hawkins sent a statement to 10 On Your Side.
“At this point, our main concern is to investigate this incident thoroughly, and collect the facts. This is a personnel issue, and it is confidential until resolved. We are following protocol in this investigation and student and school employee investigations are confidential.”
WAVY-TV went to Ramsey’s home for comment but no one answered the door.
The case is scheduled to be discussed by the school board on Nov 13.
All evidence has been turned over to the DA to determine if Ramsey should face charges.
The “innocent until proven guilty” standard we live by as Americans has special meaning here. Could her students be making it up? It’s possible, of course. Let’s hope the truth prevails.
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