N.C. Students Forced to Apologize for “White Privilege”

Appearing before the school board, parent Farren Wilkinson related how her child was humiliated and bullied by teacher Tarsha Clarke.

I just want to share light on a situation that happened at Western Rockingham Middle School where a teacher caused some of her students to stand up and apologize to other students based on their inequal opportunities of education.”

So I would like to know how our schools can allow an educator to humiliate, bully and degrade students. This is not a matter of race but a matter of a teacher using fear and the embarrassment of children to satisfy her own personal anger or beliefs.”

Clarke is a sixth grade English Language Arts teacher. Allegedly, she forced white students to stand in front of the class and apologize to minority students for “white privilege.”

The “white privilege” concept is one of the most pernicious and divisive to ever generate out of an increasingly left-leaning academic world. It promotes racial division and flies in the face of the enormous progress made in American society to overcome the past injustices against black Americans.

School principal Stephanie Wray denies the incident occurred. Clarke remains employed by Rockingham County Schools.

In regard to your additional requests, I cannot speak on any individual, however any allegations brought to our attention are investigated thoroughly and proper disciplinary action is taken if needed. Again, I can not speak regarding specific individuals due to personnel law, however the particular incident you asked about was unfounded to happen at our school,”

Superintendent Rodney Shotwell has provided some explanation for the institution of mandatory “equity training” for district personnel. He indicates that the State of North Carolina threatened to withhold federal funding because a disproportionate number of minority students were suspended in a special exceptional children’s program in 2012 and 2013. So the district decided to institute mandatory “equity training.”

The training has prompted protests from some teachers that the training materials focus on white privilege and transgender issues that violate their principles.

The issue has entered the local political realm, as Rockingham County Republican Chairwoman Diane Parnell appeared at the May 8 school board meeting to complain about the training videos and how they have upset teachers.

[She] addressed board members about the training videos used by the district, which allegedly promoted the end to “evilism, racism and heterosexualism.” Heterosexualism is the perspective that heterosexuality is the normal sexual orientation and homosexuality is abnormal.”

Shotwell has indicated that some adjustments are being made to the training materials, but that the program will move forward.

Some in the community believe the teaching time spent on promoting diversity would be better spent on reading, mathematics, science and history.

Source: American Lens



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