An Alabama elementary school teacher was recently placed on paid leave after allegedly instructing her students to recreate the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month.
Parents of the students reportedly complained that the unnamed teacher had them recreate how the 18-year-old was shot six times by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. As one parent wrote on Facebook, Black students portrayed Brown while white students portrayed the local cops.
"I am absolutely shocked by what my 6th grade child come home telling me that happened in school,” wrote Jessica Lynn Baughn. "Sounds like someone's racist to me, and to me they are teaching these children to hate one another when we're supposed to be teaching them to love one another."
The assignment also involved the students’ constructing fake guns and fake bullets, according to The Week.
An internal investigation on the incident was wrapped up on Thursday, with Dallas County School System Superintendent Don Willingham scheduled to meet with school officials in the afternoon. The results of that meeting are not yet known, WSFA reports.
“As a parent I think other parents need to know,” Baughn said about her decision to air her concerns on social media before speaking with administrators. "That's what's wrong with society right now, parents are not aware of what's going on in schools. They're not aware of what they're children are being exposed to, and me as a parent, I want to know.”
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