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Black male student told to say “yes sir, master” to white male teacher

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    A mother reported to The Des Moines Register regarding a case of a school board not appropriately disciplining a teacher who told a black student to address him by stating, “Yes sir, Master.” The teacher, Shawn McCurtain, teaches economics. The alleged incident occurred when Mr. McCurtain instructed the class to head downstairs for a final exam. Student Jabre White responded to his request by stating, “Yes, sir.” McCurtain then corrected White, telling him refer to him as “Master.”
    White’s mother, Nicholle White, reported to The Des Moines Register that her son became angry and told the teacher, “Who the f*ck are you talking to? You’re nobody’s master, and this is not the slave days.” Mrs. White contacted school officials, but despite her report, no disciplinary action was taken against the teacher. Administrators’ failure to respond prompted Mrs. White to report the incident to the papers “Reader’s Watchdog” column.
    The paper reports that Mrs. White provided them with emails that reveal Vice Principal Joseph Blazevich confirming that McCurtain did, in fact, make the comment to the student, but Blazevich cited state laws that prevented him from disclosing any disciplinary actions that may have been taken. However, the paper revealed that Iowa Code Chapter 22 does not, in fact, prohibit disclosure of such information but that Chapter 272 of the law does require any final written decisions of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners be made public.
    McCurtain is still working for the school district and has apologized, stating the comment was meant to be a joke. However, Mrs. White states that she feels the apology was insincere. School board spokesperson Phil Roeder has stated that Mrs. White needs to file a formal complaint to have her concerns addressed. Many in the area do not have much faith that the teacher will be appropriately disciplined due to the fact that the Des Moines School Board has only terminated the employment or licenses of three teachers out of more than 3,000 complaints that were filed in the last three years.

    by April V. Taylor

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    Proper Response

    1. Have a lawyer ready.

    2. Call the superintendent, and have them meet you at the school.

    3. March into the school with your lawyer and the superintendent.

    4. Have the principal go get the teacher and bring them to their office.

    5. Have discharge papers ready for the teacher to sign right then and there. Make sure they leave the school.

    6. Sue the living daylights out of the school district right afterwards. Then homeschool your child. Period.

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