Racism is still alive (obviously) in the United States. The current political climate has brought out the worst in a lot of people, encouraged by the Trumpster Fire. But some people take it way too far; specifically a school teacher against a student.
Tanisha Agee-Bell is demanding that a teacher be removed from her son’s classroom. Renee Thole, a teacher at Mason School in Cincinnati, apparently told a black student that if he didn’t focus and get on task, his friend would form an “angry mob” and proceed to lynch him.
“I want her removed from the classroom until she can get the proper training,” said Agee-Bell.
“He was in class and the teacher told him that if he didn’t get on task his friends are going to form an angry mob and lynch you,” Agee-Bell said, mentioning it is a predominantly white school. “When she said that, he said back to her, ‘That’s racist.’ She approached him and said, ‘Why do you think that’s racist? I would never do anything to hurt you.”
Nathan didn’t tell his mother about the incident until a week later. Agee-Bell immediately emailed and then spoke to the teacher on the phone, demanding she apologize publicly.
“I told her, ‘The fact that you’re a social studies teacher and you don’t understand the racial implications of what you said to my son baffles me,'” Agee-Bell said.
Apparently, Thole said she said what she did because she was frustrated about Nathan’s concentration on his schoolwork.
“I told her, ‘Next time you’re frustrated are you going to call him a n—–?'” Agee-Bell said.
Thole, who has been a teacher at the school since 2004, admitted to making the comment. Tracey Carson, a spokeswoman for the school district confirmed the teacher said that. “She immediately recognized she had done something wrong,” she said.
Thole apologized to Nathan in the classroom, saying she was “‘sorry you were offended by what I said,'” Nathan told his mom.
As of yet, Thole is not going to be removed from the classroom, but has received a letter of reprimand.
“You shared that you realized that you cannot take that moment back but can only strive to make it a teachable moment for you and the students with your actions,” says the letter. “Be advised that future instances of problems in the areas we have discussed may warrant further disciplinary action to be taken against you that may lead to termination of your employment.”
Gail Kist-Kline, superintendent of Mason City Schools released a statement to parents after the incident:
“We have seen an uptick in the number of racially and culturally insensitive comments in our schools and community. Sometimes these are said out of genuine ignorance,” Kist-Kline wrote.
“As a district, we want to be very clear, racial slurs or any behavior that discriminates against others are NOT acceptable. When adults act in a way that is not in line with our values, we lose trust. In our district, we take corrective action to address these situations, but we need to do more.”