An investigation is underway at George C. Marshall High School, after a Fairfax County mom says her son was allegedly asked to speak “blacker” by a teacher during what the mother said was a lesson on stereotypes.
Nicole Page says it all started when an English teacher asked her son to read a Langston Hughes poem aloud.
Her ninth grade freshman son, Jordan Shumate, is the only African-American in the class. Page says when her son stopped and said he was uncomfortable with the dialogue, the teacher stepped in.
“She interrupted me after I finished the first stanza, and told me to read it ‘blacker,’” recounts Jordan. “She said, ‘Blacker, Jordan. Come on, I thought you were black.’”
And Page says this isn’t the first incident of the teacher’s cultural insensitivity, as reported by her son. She says there was a poem by Tupac Shakur that she wanted him to rap out.
For her part, Page says she is shocked: “Very sad, a mourning for my child’s loss of innocence that he would have to experience something like this.”
“The Marshall High School administrators are taking the accusations seriously and they are pursing the investigation vigorously,” says Jon Torre, spokesman for Fairfax County Public Schools.
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THIS SHIT NEEDS TO STOP.
Update: Looks like the teacher, Marilyn Bart, was eventually placed on paid administrative leave while the school investigated. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find any info on what happened after that, though my search has not been super extensive.
Of course in Virginia… I love my home state but my goodness…
I just really want to know what the hell pete wentz was doing with a can of Canada Dry, a (fake?) gun, and about $200 worth of assorted makeup products
The ginger ale was probably used in a mixed drink (note the pink cup), fake gun because he’s probably on a set of either a video or photo shoot and that would also be the reason for all the make up. Also, it’s all face make up aka whats used for photography. I mean just infer. Don’t see why this has so many notes cause of a question.
New jewelry from anatometal & neometal in.
Probably the most popular picture of my face.
Here’s ‘Sister Scuffle’ I drew for GOLD BLOOD, MAGIC WEIRDOS which is up til’ the 16th at Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne.