Teacher Suspended Over Ferguson Shooting 'Skit'
Unknown teacher first had students research Michael Brown shooting
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2014 11:08 AM CDT
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(Newser) – An Alabama teacher has been suspended without pay after a lesson this week that had parents fuming. An unidentified female teacher at Selma's Brantley Elementary was discussing current affairs with her sixth-grade class when a student brought up the Michael Brown shooting, the superintendent tells the Selma-Times Journal. That's when the teacher reportedly told students to research the shooting, including where each bullet hit Brown, before the class re-enacted the event in what one parent calls an "absurd" skit, per the New York Daily News—though it isn't clear if the teacher was the one to suggest that idea.

WSFA notes the suspension was handed down yesterday after an investigation. Parent Jessica Baughn, who brought attention to the incident by posting about it on social media, called the teacher's actions "nowhere near right." As part of the re-enactment, a white student shot fake paper bullets out of a gun, also made of paper, while a black child fell "on the ground like he's dead," she says. "I understand talking about current history," Baughn adds, but "they are teaching these children to hate one another when we're supposed to be teaching them to love one another." The superintendent said the teacher would return to the classroom in the future.

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Ms_Angie
Aug 23, 2014 10:17 AM CDT
I can see talking about it, as it was/is a current event. Reenacting it, bad idea.
loginssuck
Aug 23, 2014 1:12 AM CDT
Aww the mom is just mad her kid didn't get a bigger part in the reenactment. I guess we should stop trying to teach our kids about real life and just helicopter over the snowflakes every day until we get dementia and forget who they are. Besides they aren't going to need to know about this stuff when they are living in our basements calling up to us if their hot pocket is done yet. I can't believe they haven't put this teacher in stocks outside the court house yet. For all this talk about leaving a better world, you would think more would leave the world better kids.
Ezekiel 25:17
Aug 22, 2014 6:17 PM CDT
Each of the kids who participated need to be handcuffed, taken to the jail for processing, locked to a steel ring cemented in the wall while they wait on a steel bench, photographed, printed, and a setup file made for their permanent criminal record. They need to be put into jail clothes, searched jail style, and then taken to holding until they can go before a magistrate for violating state and federal "gun free" zones. A firearm is a firearm and the resemblance is all that is needed to be charged accordingly. I point to the case of Nathan Entingh who was arrested and booked in Columbus City.