A Florida elementary school teacher has been using racist language and played a “slave game” in the classroom, according to the parents of several students.
“She said the N-word. She also stated that she wanted to have a black baby but didn’t feel comfortable bringing one home because of how her parents would feel about the situation,” parent Maurisha McCants said of the Dinsmore Elementary School teacher.
Another three parents told Action Jax News about the teacher’s comments, which they said were inappropriate for the classroom.
“They played a slave game in class,” added another mother, who wished to remain anonymous. “They were trying to tell me it had something to do with a bucket and a rock.”
The parents said they reported the behavior to the principal two months ago, but never learned the results of the promised investigation. And now they believe the unidentified teacher — who is white — is retaliating against their children because they complained to school’s principal.
Duval County Public Schools spokesperson Laureen Ricks told Action Jax no one has accused the teacher of directing the inappropriate language toward specific students.
“Because this is actively being reviewed, we are unable to discuss more at this time,” Ricks said. “The school immediately reported this to both the District Office of Professional Standards and the Department of Children and Families as soon as they became aware of the allegations.”