13 year-old Brea Persley was kicked out of her middle school after her mother complained about the conduct of her teacher.
Kelly Dempsey, Persley’s white teacher, told Brea to “sit your nappy-headed self down,” eliciting howls of laughter from her classmates.
Brea was hurt and offended by her teacher’s comment; her mother felt compelled to complain to school administrators about Dempsey’s conduct. To their astonishment, the school’s African American principal blamed Brea for the incident, and later expelled her from the school.
“‘When the kids started laughing, it brought back the memories of when I was in 4th grade and kids used to laugh at me and tease me,’ Persley said to KTLA in an exclusive video interview. KTLA footage of the school indicates that Dempsey is a white woman.
But it was the charter school’s response to the teacher’s actions that stunned Shronda Williams, Persley’s mother, more than the alleged insensitive remark. According to Williams, principal Giselle Edman, who is African-American, shifted the blame onto Persley, saying, ‘Bad things need to happen to mean kids.’
Persley later received an expulsion letter, citing her mother’s scolding of the principal as the reason she was banned from school.”
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