CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — A seventh-grade student at St. Charles Catholic School told his mother that a teacher encouraged the class to use slurs such as the n-word.
“I called my son and he said it was terrible, it was embarrassing, it was embarrassing.” said the mother.
His class was reading Tom Sawyer.
“The students in the 7th grade were taking action, which involved them going to say the ‘n’ word out loud. The teacher then asked the boys to simply say the word, so that they could then go through that passage in the book. Said Karen Barry Schwarz, communications director Diocese of Venice.
The school sent this statement after the parents sent an email complaining.
The mother then told NBC2 that she decided to go to school and work it out.
“I have to go over there and see that teacher myself and look that teacher in the face and ask her why she thought it was a good idea.” said the mother.
The school then sent a letter to parents saying, “The root cause of this problem is the persistently poor and immature behavior exhibited by many seventh graders.”