Teacher Removed Hours After Showing Campaign Ad That Contained “Racial Slur.”
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
UPDATED: September 15, 2021 CLICK HERE For Images, Latest On Suspension.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Palm Beach County School District removed a teacher from West Boca Raton Community High School after that teacher allegedly showed a controversial image from the 1800s.
While the image was being used for educational purposes, it allegedly contained a racial slur. That teacher, who we are not identifying until further information is provided by the school district, was removed from teaching hours after showing what was described as a campaign ad. It was unclear if the teacher has been fired or only reassigned.
Justin Katz, president of the Palm Beach County Classroom Teacher association, told BocaNewsNow.com Monday afternoon that he was unaware of the teacher’s removal.
The Palm Beach County School District, while saying it could not provide details during the investigation, provided BocaNewsNow.com with the script of a robocall transmitted by West Boca High Principal Ed Capitano following the incident:
“Hello parents and guardians. This is West Boca Community High School Principal Ed Capitano.
I’d like to make you aware of a situation that occurred in your child’s history class last week. Your child’s teacher included a political illustration from the 1800s as part of instruction. That illustration contained a derogatory slur. Although the teacher was sharing an example of past political commentary, any type of racial slur, no matter the context, is not acceptable in the District’s educational setting.
The District is currently gathering more information regarding this matter. As this is an ongoing internal investigation, I am not at liberty to discuss more specific information at this time. However, I will update you when possible, as we work through this issue.
I apologize for this matter and appreciate your patience and understanding as the investigation into this matter continues.
Thank you for your support of West Boca Community High School.”
Parents contacting BocaNewsNow.com say they are appalled that the teacher was removed.
“No one is saying that a racial slur is acceptable,” said a parent, “but everything is context. If the teacher was using state approved material that showed a campaign ad from the 1800s, why would the school district punish the teacher? We should learn from history, but not censor history.”
This is a developing story… we will publish the image, and more details, once additional information is confirmed…
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