The Folsom teacher accused of making comments about hanging black people in class is now accused of hanging a Confederate flag in class pic.twitter.com/UHVtLa8emL— Tom Miller (@KCRAMiller) January 20, 2017
A Folsom, California, teacher has been placed on paid leave after flying a confederate flag — a known symbol of hate — in his classroom.
Apparently, this is not the first time the unnamed Sutter Middle School educator has been called out for questionable racially-driven actions, The Root reports.
Parents now want answers as to what educational value flying the flag presented.
“There are upsetting things that have happened in our past. I would hope that he would teach them in a sensitive manner so that nobody is offended, but I do think it’s important that they be taught,” Melissa Mooy, who has a daughter in the class, told local reporters.
Prior to this incident, the teacher faced backlash for giving a racially-offensive lesson on equality just three months ago.
“One of the kids raised their hand and asked the teacher for an example of equality, for what equality meant,” Tyrie McIntyre, the father of a student, reportedly said in November. “The teacher said, ‘Equality, such as if you were to hang one black person, you would have to hang all black people and that’s equality.’”
The teacher should have faced disciplinary consequences back then, but he remained in the classroom to continue his racist antics, and now here we are.
A spokesperson for the Folsom Cordova Unified School District offered a statement regarding the teacher’s choice to fly the confederate flag, saying, “It’s a concerning allegation, and we understand that regardless of context, for many people, including many in our school community, this is a piece of history and also an inflammatory racist symbol of hate.”
The flag and the teacher have both been removed from the school, and officials reportedly discussed the issue during a school board meeting on Thursday. It is unclear whether any further action has been taken.
It is upsetting that a person would violate the trust of parents from varying ethnic backgrounds who expect their children to be in a safe and welcoming environment at school.
It’s even more troubling that this is his second known offense. Who knows how many other racist or insensitive remarks he has made in the classroom that were never reported?
It would be naïve to believe that there are absolutely no racists infiltrating the United States education system; however, the divided political climate has emboldened these people to be more brazen than ever.
We can only hope that students and parents continue to call attention to these incidents so we can get these bigots out of our schools and away from our youth.
Banner/Thumbnail Photo Credit: Flickr, edward stojakovic