A North Carolina teacher has resigned following outrage over what she said to black students that they would be “her slaves” in the field if it were not for the Constitution.
One parent told NBC affiliate WITN of Washington, North Carolina, about what a Winterville Charter Academy instructor had said.
“He raised his hand to them during the constitutional study and reminded them that if it were not for the constitution, they would be his slaves. His field servants, “Kanisha Tillman told the media.
Tillman has a child in the classroom.
The school, located northeast of Wilmington, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday. The principal sent a memo to parents of the 18th grade and said steps had been taken following an “immoral study,” according to WITN.
The statement also stated that the two “unrelated” words “were said to have been used by many children in the classroom” without proper redirection as well as inappropriate response from the teacher. “
The principal said the school had accepted the teacher’s resignation.
“Responsible training for a resigned teacher will be provided, as well as the training training programs for our current and future employees,” the principal said in a statement.
The school, with 65 students, opened in 2015. The website said that 61 percent of the students were black or American American.
National Heritage Academies, a charter school management company that oversees the school, said the school was quick to correct the teacher’s comments as well as the students’ comments. The company told WITN that it is also investigating ongoing complaints from parents that “students’ indifference continues.”
“Even though the rights of students and staff prevent me from sharing information, what I can share is that we will not tolerate discrimination in our school community and will continue to take steps to address these issues,” the management company spokesman told a news conference.