The Des Moines Iowa School Board has issued a formal apology after Shawn McCurtis, a white teacher at Roosevelt High School, told a black student to respond with “yes, sir, master.”
The district spokesman, Phil Roeder, said that the statement by McCurtis was “wrong in every way,” but the board confirmed that McCurtis remained an employee. In mid-May, the high school teacher allegedly told a young African-American male, Jabre White, to move to a different location for senior finals. White responded by saying, “Yes, sir.”
McCurtis “corrected” the young man, saying:
“You meant to say, ‘yes, sir, master.'”
The Des Moines Register reported that Jabre responded by saying, “who the f— are you talking to? You’re nobody’s master, and this is not the slave days. If you thought that was funny, it’s not.”(Can you blame him?)
Jabre said that when he reported it to the other staff, he felt like nobody believed him and when he told the principal, Joe Blazevich, the principal didn’t appear to be too surprised by the teacher’s words and was more interested in the way Jabre replied. According to Jabre, the principal was upset by his choice of words allegedly telling Jabre, “that’s not how Roosevelt students act.”
Given how this particular Roosevelt teacher apparently acted, I personally think one can forgive this student’s choice of words. But I digress.
His mother called the school district, demanding an explanation. The principal said the incident was “terrible” and “shameful,” but didn’t discuss discipline. According to KCCI, Principal Blazevich said the teacher is “remorseful” for the remarks.
You can watch a report below, courtesy of the Register.
h/t Freak Out Nation
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