Black Student Wants Answers After Teacher Told Him to Say 'Yes, Sir, Master'

Jabre White isn't happy with how school handled the issue.

Posted: 06/12/2014 11:29 AM EDT
Filed Under National News, Iowa

Jabre White, an African-American student at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, says his teacher Shawn McCurtain told him to say "Yes, sir, master" after a final exam, according to The Des Moines Register.

Jabre's mother, Nicholle White, asked school officials to look into the issue in mid-May, but they have been unsatisfied with how administrators have handled reprimanding the teacher.

"I have tried to be humble," she said to the Register. "But I also feel I need to express as a mother, and as a black woman, how I feel."

White says McCurtain called her to apologize but she does not feel it was sincere. Vice Principal Joseph Blazevich called the comment "terrible" and "shameful." But Blazevich says they are not allowed to reveal what disciplinary action was made against the teacher.

Jabre also admitted to The Des Moines Register that he was angered by the comment and told McCurtain, "Who the f--k are you talking to? You're nobody's master and this is not the slave days," immediately after the offensive remark. 

The school district says their policy does not allow any discrimination.

White wants the teacher to undergo more diversity training if he has done so already. Her next step will be to contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and the NAACP.   

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(Photo: Andrea Melendez/The Register)

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