A video of a South Carolina white teacher pulling on a Black student’s locs and slapping his face in order to wake him up has started a heated debate on whether or not the teacher deserved to be forced out of the school.
In the video, Palmetto High School teacher Lisa Houston stood on a desk and tried to wake up a Black student by pulling his hair, tapping his face, and nudging him with her foot. After the video went viral, Houston resigned from the school, reported Greenville News.
After her resignation, vice chairman of the Anderson School District 1 board also resigned in protest district's reaction.
Former Vice Chairman Doug Atkins, who hired Houston when he was principal of the school, said Houston deserved to be reprimanded but her actions did not warrant a forced resignation.
"I just don't want to be associated with this kind of action," Atkins explained to Greenville News.
"She was a good teacher, one of the best teachers the district has, with an excellent record," he said. "I hired her myself and know what kind of person she is. The administration reacted in haste."
Atkins and students say that the video shows a playful interaction but was terribly misinterpreted as aggressive.
"You can tell that she was playing with him," Atkins told Greenville News. "Even the boy himself wrote a letter that he knows she was teasing and he loved her. They just jumped the gun on her, and I don't want to be a part of it."
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