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Teacher Apologizes For Telling Students To Write ‘Funny’ Captions On Slavery Pictures

An unidentified teacher at John W. Dodd Middle School in Freeport, Long Island has apologized for telling students in her class “make it funny” and “don’t bore me” when assigning them to write captions for photos of former slaves after the CIvil War. 

The grandmother of a student at the school shared images of the assignment in a post on Facebook which has been shared almost 2,000 times. 

Some of the “funny” captions included “Black girl magic” and “Getting that money” beneath images of the sharecroppers in cotton fields.

The superintendent of Freeport Public Schools, Dr. Kishore Kuncham, said the teacher’s assignment was “an insensitive trivialization” and “poorly conceived.” 

In a statement Tuesday, Kunchman said the district opened an investigation after parents who were upset about the assignment contacted the middle school’s principal. The teacher was placed on administrative duty while the investigation was conducted, he said.

“Let me be perfectly clear: Our investigation has determined that this lesson was poorly conceived and executed,” Kuncham said in his statement. “The teacher instructed three separate classes of students to develop captions for photos of post-war sharecroppers.”

“Aside from the fact that this is a poor lesson, it is an insensitive trivialization of a deeply painful era for African Americans in this country, and it is unacceptable,” he said.

The superintendent’s statement included an apology from the teacher:

“It is with the deepest sense of respect that I apologize to the students, families and larger Freeport community for my insensitive words and actions last week,” the teacher said. “As a teacher and fellow member of this school community, it is my responsibility to exercise the highest degree of care and thought in all of my student and staff interactions.

“I failed to do so last week, and I fully accept that I must work hard to rebuild trust from my students, colleagues and the community.”

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Angela Smith September 30, 2019 at 2:59 am

How convenient that this female teacher is “unidentified”. This teacher should have IMMEDIATELY been suspended; without pay – until a full investigation is completed. Her teaching license revoked to teach ANYWHERE in the United States. As far as trying to rectify this reckless, intentional behavior, she deserves whatever she deserves. What about the permanent scars on these children, family, and friends. It WILL come back to her. God does NOT like UGLY.!!!

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ANGELA October 13, 2019 at 10:41 pm

Yes I agree her name she be put on blast if it was vhf the other way around being Latin or black there names would have been all over the news and all but like always white privilege but I also agree we don’t need racist teachers teaching our kids bad enough with the bullying in the schools, I still say her name should be blasted, just saying


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