A North Carolina school is backtracking after a woman objected to a teacher rewarding a Black student with a replica Confederate Army cap, WGHP-TV reported.
“I did not want to believe that,” Natasha Lea told WGHP regarding the hat . “That the school actually let him walk around as an African-American child with a Confederate cap on. This stands for a dark time in our history.”
Lea’s son, Jacob, was given the hat by a teacher at South End Elementary. A spokesperson for Rockingham County, where the school is located, released a statement saying it was part of a “big bucks” rewards program.
“The class had an auction where students could bid on different items using their big bucks,” the statement read. “Many of the items are donated by families. One of the items for bid was a grey cap with a black bill. The cap did not feature any additional decorations.”
However, a tag inside the hat describes it as a “Confederate hat.”
“What is this hat doing in that school, period?” Lea asked WGHP. “For any child?”
County spokesperson Karen Hyler said in the statement that officials determined the teacher did not act maliciously in letting Jacob keep the hat.
“The school has reflected on this issue and will be sure to thoroughly screen items donated to err on the side of caution that they could not be seen as potentially offensive,” the statement read.
Watch WGHP’s report on the hat mishap, as aired on Friday, below.
[h/t Freak Out Nation]