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White Teacher Under Investigation, Told Black Student He Would be ‘Lynched’ if He Didn’t Get Back to Work [VIDEO]

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A white Ohio-based teacher recently crossed the line by warning a Black student that he might be “lynched” if he didn’t back to his school work.  

The teacher, whose name has yet to be revealed, told her 13-year-old African-American student, "If you don't get back on task, your friends are going to form an angry mob and lynch you,” the boy’s mother, Tanish Agee-Bell, told Mason’s WLWT5

When Agee-Bell first heard about the incident, she believed her son may have taken the remarks out of context. But when confronted about the situation, the teacher admitted to the allegations. 

Tanish says the remarks were made to her 8th grade son during the first week of December, but he waited to tell her for fear he would be reprimanded for talking back – calling his teacher a racist for her comments.

Mason teacher admits to making lynching comment to student

A Mason mother is frustrated and upset after a teacher admitted to using a racially charged remark about lynching to her son. Tanish Agee-Bell said she initially did not believe her 13-year-old son, who is an eighth-grader at Mason Middle School.

Rightfully, Agee-Bell immediately filed a complaint with the school’s superintendent.

"For her not to understand that the words that she said were a direct pull from what has been, what was a practice in the United States, is unacceptable," Agee-Bell said. "She shouldn't be in the classroom. She shouldn't be in the classroom at all. And I'm not saying she should never go back in the classroom, but until she can demonstrate that she understands what the impact of the language that she used and what she did can have, has had on my son, has on his peers and is having on our community, then she doesn't need to be in the classroom."

The teacher has not been removed from her position, but the Mason City School District released a statement saying, which didn’t address any disciplinary action for the teacher.

"Growing Greatness Together is our district’s vision. But, we have not arrived. We have work to do. Sometimes we mess up. Clearly, that was the case here. And, even though this teacher did not set out to hurt a child - clearly that happened too. It was amazing that this young black man was brave enough to confront his teacher when the incident happened.”

The statement continued, "We have seen an uptick in the number of racially and culturally insensitive comments in our schools and community. Sometimes these are said out of genuine ignorance. For example, some students contend that they are not being offensive if they say n***a vs. the n-word. As a district, we want to be very clear. We are not OK normalizing racial slurs. Anyone who does so faces disciplinary action. Our district will continue to invest in training and resources on culturally proficient practices for administrators, educators and classified staff members that lift up our district’s values."

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