|A superintendent will apologize and teachers will get cultural sensitivity training after a black student was offended by a lesson on "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" that included a racial slur.|
Those agreements were reached Wednesday after a 90-minute meeting between Richland High School officials, the 11th-grader, his parents and a coalition of activists. They were upset by a teacher's repeated use of a racial slur last week during a lesson preparing students to read the classic 1884 Mark Twain novel, which includes the slur.
....But the teacher "badgered" him after denying his request to remove the word from the chalkboard or replace it with "N-word," and she continued to say the slur during class, said his mother, Tunya Mohamed. The teen said he felt singled out when the teacher asked if the word offended him and said, "It hurts -- doesn't it?"
The district has allowed Mohamed to enroll in a different English class. Officials have since removed the book from his class, but his parents say they will request its removal from the district's curriculum.
The family is still deciding whether the teen will stay at the school in the Fort Worth suburb or return to a high school in another district he attended last year. But the teen said he felt good about the meeting Wednesday between members of a new group, the Coalition to Stop the N-Word, and Birdville schools administrators.
"We are here today to say we will not tolerate the N-word being used by any educators anywhere in any school district throughout our region or the state of Texas," said Ron Price, a Dallas school board member who attended the meeting. "It's critical that we examine all of our textbooks to ensure that the language is proper and that the language is not being used to abuse any child in any public school."
Useless nonsense from a group of people taking either a misunderstanding or an incident in one classroom to try and assert their agenda on the rest of the district up to the entire state. This last part had me baffled.
|Birdville Superintendent Stephen Waddell agreed to issue a written apology to the teen and his family and arrange future faculty training about cultural sensitivity, said Thomas Muhammad, coalition spokesman.|
The teacher has verbally apologized, but the district cannot require her to issue a written apology as the group requested, said district spokesman Mark Thomas.
The group also wanted the teacher to do community outreach work with black and Muslim communities, but the district cannot reveal what, if any, disciplinary measures might have been implemented, Thomas said.
What does Muslim community have to do with anything? I thought this was a racial incident? This is just ridiculous piling on where at least from the story the teacher got out of hand or the student is just overly sensitive. All this cultural teaching, outreach stuff is seeing how far they can get away with the intimidation. Don't ban the book