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Teacher Was Suspended for Asking Students to Put Themselves in the Shoes of KKK Members

A South Carolina teacher was placed on administrative leave and under investigation after sparking outrage with a quiz question.

At least one student was crying and shaken over the question, which asks students to adopt the mindset of a Ku Klux Klan member and explain why the KKK's treatment of black people is justified. The quiz question got national attention when a child's relative posted it on social media.

Tremain Cooper brought the incident to everyone's attention when he posted on Facebook one day, "Check it out family. I need yall to help me. This is my little 10-year-old nephew's homework assignment today. He's crying right now."

The post included a photo of the assignment, with the answers erased. Students are asked the purpose and motivation of the KKK, and then the following question is posed: "You are there... you are a member of the KKK. Why do you think your treatment of African Americans is justified?"

Cooper was livid. "She asked a 5th grader to justify the actions of the KKK??? We are contacting everybody from the school to the media. Please help. Please share."

The school was flooded with comments and complaints about the quiz. They quickly whipped up a statement and released it.

“School District Five is taking this matter very seriously. We took immediate action to investigate once the concerns over the assignment were brought to our attention, and the teacher has been placed on administrative leave as part of our standard personnel investigation procedures."

"We have been in communication and will continue to be in communication with families to let them know our actions and next steps," said the district in their statement.

“We understand the seriousness of this matter particularly in light of the events taking place in our country at this time. We want to ensure that our students, parents, staff and community know that we are giving this matter our full attention,” the school district added in the statement.

After an investigation, the school concluded that the teacher didn't do anything wrong intentionally and was just following the curriculum. The school has allowed the teacher to return to the classroom.

The district spokesperson notes that the teaching of Reconstruction and discriminatory groups are part of the required curriculum for the fifth grade, but that assignment had apparently slipped by them unnoticed. The district says it won't be used going forward.

"We have discussed the matter with school leaders who work with curriculum issues in our district to ensure that this particular assignment is never again used in our schools. These conversations have led to discussions, in general, about the need for more sensitivity in our assignments to all students," said a statement.

The teacher's identity is being protected, as some people are still outraged by the question and are demanding action. No matter where the question came from, it showed poor judgment for the teacher to issue the question to the classroom.

Source: HuffPost, POPSUGAR
Photo: 123RF Stock Photo, WACH FOX‏/Twitter, Wrap Queen 3000/Twitter

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