A middle school teacher in Texas has been fired after a video posted to social media showed him telling students his race was “superior”.
“Deep down in my heart, I’m ethnocentric, which means I think my race is the best,” the teacher told mixed-race students last week in a classroom at Bohls Middle School, a high school from sixth to eighth grade. school in Pflugerville, about 18 miles northeast of Austin.
“I think everyone thinks that,” said the professor. “They’re just not being honest about it.”
The remark seemed to be directed at two black students. Some students challenged the teacher. A student says, “I’m not racist though. I like all genres.” The teacher replies, “Did I say I didn’t like people?”
Another black student asks the teacher, “Wait, so you said what are you? Are you a racist?”
“I think everyone is racist at that level,” replies the teacher. The same student said to him: “No. But you said you were racist.”
“I did. I did,” said the professor. A pair of black students then told the professor that they no longer had any respect for him.
The school principal did not immediately return a request for comment.
In a statement Monday, Douglas Killian, the superintendent of the Pflugerville Independent School District, called the discussion “inappropriate, inaccurate and unacceptable” and said “this type of interaction will not be tolerated at any” of the schools in the district.
“As of Monday morning November 14, the teacher in question is no longer employed by ISD Pflugerville and we are actively seeking a replacement,” he said. He did not identify the teacher, who appears to be white. District spokeswoman Tamra Spence said Monday she could not confirm the teacher’s run.
Killian said officials were made aware Friday “of an inappropriate conversation a teacher at Bohls Middle School had with students during an advisory lesson.”
A video of the conversation had been provided to administrators and posted on social media by some class members, said Killian, who apologized in the statement to any parents whose children were shown in the video to without their knowledge. He also apologized to students and families at the college “for any undue stress or concern this has caused” and said counselors and administrators were available to anyone who wanted to discuss the situation further. .
“We want to reiterate that this conversation does not align with our core beliefs and does not reflect our district or our culture at Bohls Middle School,” he said, adding that the school district and middle school staff are “working together to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all our students.”
“We always do our best to keep all students safe; we encourage them to stand up for themselves and tell an adult when something is wrong, as they did in this situation.” he continued. “If you see something, say something.”
Brian Hennington, whose 11-year-old son is in sixth grade at Bohls Middle School, said he and his wife, Monique, went to school to voice their concerns last week after seeing the video posted on Facebook.
“The reason we were appalled was because it was offensive and we absolutely wanted to make sure our voice was heard,” he said in an interview Monday. “I think more parents need to stand up, especially parents who have kids in class.”
Hennington said his son was offended and saddened by the video and some of his friends were in the classroom where the discussion took place. He said the only appropriate outcome would be for the teacher to be fired.
“He should be fired. He should be fired,” he said. “He shouldn’t be teaching.”
“You’re not hired to bring your opinions to class, especially when you have impressionable minds,” Hennington added. “These kinds of exploratory conversations are for parents to expose their children to.”
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