A re-enactment of the Aug. 9th fatal shooting of Michael Brown by sixth grade students in Dallas County, Alabama has resulted in the suspension of the students’ teacher.
Despite initial reports of the teacher being placed on paid administrative leave, Dallas County School System Superintendent Don Willingham stated that the unnamed Brantley Elementary School teacher has been suspended now without pay.
On Thursday, Willingham detailed the incident during a meeting with the teacher and the school’s principal.
The re-enactment, came to the public’s attention via a parent of one of the students who complained about the class assignment on social media. According to reports, the assignment started out as an innocent current events lesson that found the students discussing Brown’s death, which has sparked riots and protests in Ferguson, MO and the rest of the country.
Although she had no problem with the discussion, the student’s mother, Jessica Baughn, feels the reenactment of the shooting death of Brown by the students went too far.
“This is not nowhere near right,” Baughn told WSFA 12 News. “It was uncalled for.”
“She [the teacher] had them get on the internet and look up everything about [the Ferguson shooting],” she continued. “They proceeded to re-enact the shooting in class.”
Going into more detail about the assignment, Baughn mentioned that her son and the other six graders used paper guns and paper bullets. “They actually shot them out of this made gun. The child falls on the ground like he’s dead.”
A white child played the role of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, while a black student portrayed Michael Brown, Baughn claimed.
“I understand talking about current history, but not re-enacting it I don’t… What are we teaching our children?” she said.
Despite the school system not releasing the teacher’s name, Superintendent Willingham revealed that he called a meeting with the teacher and school principal as soon as he knew of the situation.
In addition, Willingham admitted to talking with Baughn about the incident and placing the teacher on leave to avoid any kind of awkwardness until the investigation is finished.
Overall, WSFA mentioned that Willingham made a point of encouraging all parents to come to him first if they have a problem with what goes on in the classroom.
As for Baughn, she said school administrators are mad at her because she aired her concerns on social media before talking with them about it.
“But as a parent I think other parents need to know,” she said. “That’s what’s wwrong with society right now, parents are not aware of what’s going on in schools. They’re not aware of what their children are being exposed to, and me as a parent, I want to know.”
Remembering Mike Brown On His 19th Birthday (May 20, 1996- August 9, 2014)
1. Mike Brown, just a normal 18-year-old on his way to collegeSource:Facebook 1 of 30
2. Mike Brown playing around with a family memberSource:Facebook 2 of 30
3. Mike Brown's mother Lesley McFadden and father, Michael Brown, Sr. at a press conference.Source:Associated Press 3 of 30
4. Lesley McSpadden, Mike Brown's mother and his stepfather, Louis Head, comfort each other after his death.Source:Associated Press 4 of 30
5. Residents of Ferguson, Missouri create a memorial where Mike Brown was killed.Source:Associated Press 5 of 30
6. Clergy and residents gather in Ferguson.Source:Francis family 6 of 30
7. Police in riot gear watch protesters in Ferguson.Source:Associated Press 7 of 30
8. Police and protestors come face to face in Ferguson.Source:Associated Press 8 of 30
9. Riot police on the scene in Ferguson, Missouri.Source:Associated Press 9 of 30
10. Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.Source:Associated Press 10 of 30
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12. Peaceful protest in Ferguson, Missouri.12 of 30
13. Howard University students stand in solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri.Source:Instagram 13 of 30
14. National Moment of Silence protest around the country, this one shut down Times SquareSource:Twitter 14 of 30
15. Missouri Highway Patrol captain Ron Johnson changes the police tone in Ferguson, Missouri.Source:Associated Press 15 of 30
16. Milwaukee, Wisconsin protestors stand in solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri.Source:Facebook 16 of 30
17. Out of the mouths of babes.Source:Facebook 17 of 30
18. A candle for peace glows as part of a vigil in St. LouisSource:Twitter 18 of 30
19. Teens in Philadelphia observe the NMOS'14. It's all about LOVE.Source:Bill Chenevert 19 of 30
20. Mike Brown allegedly involved in store confrontation/robbery before his death.Source:Ferguson Police 20 of 30
21. Police stats from Ferguson, Missouri.Source:Mother Jones infographic 21 of 30
22. Protesters vandalize a police vehicle outside of the Ferguson city hall on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.Source:AP 22 of 30
23. Police officers confront protesters Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.Source:AP 23 of 30
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25. Police shoot pepper spray toward protesters in front of the Ferguson Police Department on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.Source:AP 25 of 30
26. In this aerial photo,people look at a row of charred cars at a used car dealership, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Dellwood, Mo.Source:AP 26 of 30
27. Citizens protest the Ferguson Decision in Dallas, TX.Source:Instagram 27 of 30
28. Citizens protest the Ferguson Decision in Atlanta, Georgia.Source:Instagram 28 of 30
29. Citizens protest the Ferguson Decision in Boston, Massachusetts.Source:Instagram 29 of 30
30. Citizens protest the Ferguson Decision in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.Source:Instagram 30 of 30
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