Saturday, January 22, 2022

White Teacher Mocks Black Elementary Student’s Hair on Instagram

*A Canadian school board is investigating a white substitute teacher after she made fun of a black student’s hair on Instagram.

In the now-deleted post, a picture of Marlon Wayans as his character “Loc Dog” from the 1996 satirical film “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice In the Hood”—his hair in plaits sticking out in three different directions—was placed next to the photo taken of a black child whose hair was in similar plaits with the caption “Who rocked it better?? LOLOLOL.”

A Twitter user who came across the post alerted the Peel District School Board.

“Hi @PeelSchools,” wrote @giaper, “please be informed that a grade school teacher with your district is 1) openly mocking her students’ appearance and posting photos of them on social media 2) tagging the location of the school on her Instagram, putting them in danger.”

This was followed up by a tweet that said, “This is not the kind of behaviour I expect from educators. This is so embarrassing and honestly fully racist. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of qualified teachers who are waiting for teaching positions, and this is who our children learn from?”

According to the Toronto City News, the teacher has been relieved of her duties and banned from any contact with students and teachers as an investigation into the post is conducted. The school board has reached out to the student’s parents, and the post is “being investigated as anti-black racism and being taken seriously.”

Carla Pereira, a spokesperson for PDSB, told City News an investigation by the school’s Superintendent of Education was launched on Saturday. She called the teacher’s behavior “simply unacceptable” and said “You’d be hard pressed to look at that particular image and say that it’s not a post that would be considered racism.”

Disciplinary action could range from a verbal reprimand to sensitivity training to termination, according to the school board.

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  1. Good for the school board…now whats going to happen with the person responsible for sending this baby to school with their hair in this state. This does not look like a hairstyle…it simply looks unkempt.

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