Elementary teacher suspended for asking white student ‘cops’ to shoot black ‘Michael Browns’
A sixth-grade teacher at Brantley Elementary in Selma, Alabama has been placed on administrative leave after a parent reported that students were asked to research and reenact the Michael Brown shooting in class, The Selma Times-Journal reports.
The administration became aware of the assignment after Jessica Lynn Baughn posted about it on Facebook. “His teacher made them reenact the two current shooting of the young black males,” she wrote. “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,” she continued. “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.”
Baughn then accused the teacher of being racist, and of “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 said that the sixth graders were learning about current events and one of them asked about the Michael Brown shooting. The teacher then instructed the students to do research on the events in Ferguson, Missouri, and had them perform a “skit” about them.
Willingham did not say what that “skit” entailed, but did indicate that he had put the teacher on paid administrative leave until he can determine what happened.
Watch an interview with Baughn via WSFA below.
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