Wednesday, January 8 2014 5:50 PM EST2014-01-08 22:50:22 GMT
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The internal investigation is complete of a sixth grade Dallas County teacher who was placed on paid administrative leave after students in her 6th grade class were instructed to re-enact the August 9th shooting death of Michael Brown in class. Brown, a black 18-year-old, was fatally shot by a white Ferguson, Missouri police officer. The unarmed man's death has sparked protests and riots in the St. Louis suburb and around the country.
Dallas County School System Superintendent Don Willingham says the unnamed Brantley Elementary School teacher is now suspended without pay. He would not say how long the suspension would last, but would say she will be returning to the classroom at some point in the future.
Willingham discussed his decision with the principal and the teacher in a meeting Thursday afternoon.
The re-enactment sparked outrage after a parent of one of the students complained about the class assignment on social media. The assignment started out as an innocent current events lesson, discussing the recent incident in Missouri that has garnered heavy media attention. But, Jessica Baughn, the student's mother, says the assignment just went too far.
"This is not nowhere near right," Baughn explained. "It was uncalled for."
Baughn explained the assignment in which her son took part. "She [the teacher] had them get on the internet and look up everything about [the Ferguson shooting]," Baughn says. "They proceeded to re-enact the shooting in class."
Baughn says the students used paper guns and paper bullets. "They actually shot them out of this made gun," she says. "The child falls on the ground like he's dead."
Baughn claims a white child played the role of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and a black student pretended to be Michael Brown. "I understand talking about current history," the mom explained, "but not re-enacting it I don't... What are we teaching our children?"
The teacher's name has not been released by the school system, but Superintendent Willingham said as soon as he was made aware of the situation, he called a meeting with the teacher and school principal. Willingham says he also talked with Baughn about the incident.
The superintendent said the teacher was placed on leave to avoid any kind of awkwardness until the investigation is finished.
Baughn says administrators are mad at her because she took her concerns to social media before talking with them, "But as a parent I think other parents need to know," she replied. "That's what's wrong with society right now, parents are not aware of what's going on in schools. They're not aware of what their children are being exposed to, and me as a parent, I want to know," she added.
The superintendent says he wants all parents to know that if they have a problem in the classroom, they should come to him first.
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Monday, September 15 2014 10:55 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:55:55 GMT
Boone Police Officers received a call about the discovery of a dead body around 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University. PoliceMore >>
The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:31:48 GMT
(WMC) - A teen who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of this 10-year-old sister will serve several years in a Tennessee Department of Corrections Youth Facility. The teen, whoMore >>
A teen who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of his 10-year-old sister will serve several years in a Tennessee Department of Corrections Youth Facility.More >>
Monday, September 15 2014 5:39 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:39:25 GMT
Horrific details of a southern Indiana homicide were released Monday, including allegations that Joseph Oberhansley ate portions of Tammy Jo Blanton's brain, heart and lungs after stabbing her to death.More >>
Horrific details of a southern Indiana homicide were released Monday, including allegations that Joseph Oberhansley ate portions of Tammy Jo Blanton's brain, heart and lungs after stabbing her to death. More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:30 PM EDT2014-09-17 00:30:17 GMT
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.Family members went by to check on a mother and son and found both of themMore >>
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Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:37 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:37:13 GMT
We're trying to get more information now on a body found in Jackson this morning. We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North, near Beasley Road andMore >>
We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North and Beasley Road.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:41:22 GMT
MPD: Woman wearing bra and panties, carrying bat caught trespassing at elementary school A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school andMore >>
A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school and causing a bizarre disturbance just before more than a hundred children were due to come in for lunch. More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:11:21 GMT
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety. Hannah Elizabeth Graham sent her friends a text message around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday,More >>
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety.More >>
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