Georgia Teacher Suspended After Pupils Don Klan Robes
BBC, May 25, 2010
A teacher in Georgia has been suspended after allowing students to dress in mock Ku Klux Klan robes for a project.
The teacher had asked four students, none of whom were black, to re-enact scenes from history for a class film.
Officials said the teacher had used poor judgement. Georgia has a history of violent racial tension and students and parents were upset by the incident.
The teacher, who is white, acknowledged it was a mistake to allow the students to film the scene at school.
“It was poor judgement on my part,” Catherine Ariemma told the Associated Press news agency.
The class at Lumpkin County High School near Atlanta included no black children, and the school system is roughly 90% white. (Read the full article)