Christian High School in St. Charles County, Missouri is under fire because five white teachers were photographed spelling out the racial slur “coons” while playing human Scrabble.
The teachers insist they didn’t mean any kind of racism when they spelled out the word, but Pastor Raymond Horry told KSDK that he didn’t believe them:
They were running around trying to spell raccoon, but they didn’t have the R and the A. I don’t believe it that five Caucasian teachers, not one of them knew that. Maybe one didn’t know it, maybe two didn’t know it, but all 5 didn’t know it?
One mother told the news station that her son immediately understood the racial overtones of the word when he saw the picture:
He absolutely told me, “Mom, I’m tired of it, do what you need to do because this is not fair and I’m tired of feeling like this.”
The Christian High School apologized for the picture:
We recognize that this ill-informed action caused hurt and offense to many students and families in our school and in the wider community. We offer no excuse as to why this word was used. In a statement to families last night, we apologized for the incident and sought their forgiveness. We also ask that of anyone who has been impacted by this picture.