October 27, 2020

Mississippi teacher's alleged use of 'N-word' in diversity lesson leads district to take action

Administrators at a Mississippi middle school were confronted last week following a class lesson in which the teacher allegedly said the N-word several times.
Shawn Grayson, the mother of a Horn Lake Middle School student who witnessed the alleged incident, told WMC-TV she was concerned when first hearing about the assignment in which students had to read a New York Times article that included the N-word. When she heard the teacher used the word several times in class during the lesson, she decided to confront Horn Lake and DeSoto County school administrators.
 
“I feel like it teaches hate, and we aren’t trying to teach hate,” Grayson told WMC-TV, saying the lesson should have been approached differently and parents should have been notified about it in advance.
DeSoto County Schools released a statement shortly after saying the lesson would no longer be taught at Horn Lake Middle School.

“The lesson in question was developed by Horn Lake Middle School teachers using supplemental material from The New York Times educational resources. The intention of the lesson was to promote social justice and diversity. However, the delivery did not lead to their desired outcomes. District officials reviewed the lesson and resources, and the school will no longer teach it.”

Read more: ‘N-word’ used in Horn Lake Middle School lesson – WMC Action News 5 – Memphis, Tennessee