A mom of a first-grader at H.H. Beam Elementary school in Gastonia, North Carolina, says her 6-year-old daughter’s spelling homework included a racial slur.
Jennifer Thompson told The Gaston Gazette that the word “gook” was part of a 10-word spelling list:
We had to explain to Emily why she could not say the word and not to use it.
Todd Hagans, a spokesman for Gaston County Schools, said the teacher mistakenly used the word while trying to teach students the “oo” sound:
It was an oversight by the teacher. She never meant to be insensitive.
Thompson said she called the school:
They said they were going off the word sounds and not necessarily the meanings.
(Source: The Gaston Gazette)