A North Carolina teacher is under investigation after a parent notified school officials of an incredibly racist remark she made during class. Cynthia Ramsey, a math teacher at Camden County High School, was talking to a student in a classroom when she brought up her “bucket list.”
“She conveyed to me that Mrs. Ramsey had indicated that if she only had 10 days to live that she would kill all black people,” Kimberly Ashcraft, the student’s mother, told WAVY-TV. Other students were around, and confirmed that the teacher had made the remark.
“I was completely shocked,” Ashcraft said. “I asked her again, ‘are you sure that was what you heard?’ I could not have imagined a teacher saying that.”
Ramsey, who heads the math department at the school, was suspended with pay, but was back on the job after two days, despite numerous students telling the Sheriff’s office, who assisted with the investigation, the same story.
“I was very disappointed to hear that she was back in the classroom so soon,” Ashcraft said. “As a parent, I felt compelled to come forward and tell somebody, because this was not only in my opinion a direct threat to the black children in the school, but also black people in the community.”
Superintendent Melvin Hawkins told WAVY that:
At this point, our main concern is to investigate this incident thoroughly, and collect the facts. This is a personnel issue, and it is confidential until resolved. We are following protocol in this investigation and student and school employee investigations are confidential.
Camden County Sheriff Tony Perry has turned evidence over to the District Attorney, who will decide if the teacher will face unspecified charges.
The case will be further discussed by the school board on November 13.
Watch a report on this incident, below: