A furious mom is speaking out after her eighth grader's teacher admitted to threatening her child with a racially charged comment. According to Tanish Agee-Bell, the Caucasian teacher told her 13-year-old son that he would be lynched if he didn't get back to doing his schoolwork -- and the Ohio teacher isn't denying it.
Agee-Bell says the Mason Middle School teacher made the shocking remark during class in early December. Her son didn't tell her about it until the following week because he was afraid of getting in trouble for talking back -- since he responded by telling his social studies teacher that her comment was racist.
The mom also admits that she didn't believe her son at first and assumed that he must have taken the lynching remark out of context, so she immediately called the teacher. Agee-Bell told WLWT5 that the teacher didn't deny telling her child, "If you don't get back on task, your friends are going to form an angry mob and lynch you."
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Understandably, this mom is outraged that an educator would speak to a child in this manor. "For her not to understand that the words that she said were a direct pull from what has been, what was a practice in the United States, is unacceptable," she said. "So she shouldn't be in the classroom. She shouldn't be in the classroom at all."
The school district released a statement somewhat defending the teacher by explaining that she didn't mean for the racially insensitive statement to be offensive, and that mistakes sometimes come from a place of "genuine ignorance."
"People will make mistakes, because they aren't perfect, but sometimes, the thing isn't a mistake. And when it's not a mistake, misstep, or uh-oh, it has to be dealt with like what it is ... racist behavior," Agee-Bell wrote on Facebook. "That is what is at issue. How the district deals with racist behavior by students AND STAFF."
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According to Cincinnati.com, there are no plans to suspend or remove the teacher -- instead, she is going to receive cultural sensitivity training.
"Sometimes we mess up. Clearly, that was the case here," the district said in a statement. "And, even though this teacher did not set out to hurt a child -- clearly that happened, too. It was amazing that this young black man was brave enough to confront his teacher when the incident happened ... As a district, we want to be very clear. We are not OK normalizing racial slurs. Anyone who does so faces disciplinary action.”
Yet the district did not address any disciplinary measures against the teacher and only confirmed the "training" to WLWT5. "I'm not saying that she should never go back to the classroom but until she can demonstrate that she understands the impact of the language she used and has had on my son, on his peers, and on our community, then she doesn't need to be in the classroom," Agee-Bell added.
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