Teacher Gives First Graders Homework With Racial Slur

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)

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