Teacher Allegedly Suggests Hanging A Black Student
A school district in Mississippi is being sued by the parents of a former African-American student who claims that a substitute teacher suggested he should be hanged following an altercation with another student.
According to the attorney for the student’s parents, Carlos Moore, the incident took place in April at Northwest Rankin High School in Rankin County. The student–who is referred to as “T.L.” in the lawsuit–was involved in a verbal argument with a fellow white student when the substitute teacher felt the need to interject.
“Basically he told the white student to stop messing with him or he was going to lay him out,” Moore told Fox News. “The teacher overheard this, so she told the white student to let him hit him so they could hang him. She said this in front of a class full of students.” The attorney also says that the substitute teacher involved was suspended for only two days, and the school district even offered what he describes as “hush money” immediately following the incident.
A Rankin County School District spokesperson provided a statement to Fox News, claiming that the case has no merit:
“This matter was investigated, discussed with parents, and resolved the week of April 7, 2017,” Kristen Windham, the director of public relations for RCSD, said in a statement. “The allegations in this case were taken out of context for the purpose of gain. We will defend this meritless case vigorously.”
Moore explains that the parents aren’t looking to gain from the lawsuit, but are seeking damages for their son’s emotional distress. “If the school district really believed it was an egregious act, they would have done more than ratify her act by giving her a two-day suspension.”