Local teacher on administrative leave after KKK homework question
LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WACH) —
A Lexington-Richland School District 5 teacher is on administrative leave after including a question regarding the Ku Klux Klan in a homework assignment.
The teacher gave the assignment to a fifth-grade class at Oak Pointe Elementary. In a photo sent to WACH Fox, the assignment specifically asked students, "You are a member of the KKK. Why do you think your treatment of African Americans is justified?"
The question led to an intense response on social media and brought the assignment to the district's attention.
In a statement released on Friday, the school district said the teacher is on administrative leave as they investigate the incident.
School District Five is taking this matter very seriously. We took immediate action to investigate once the concerns over the assignment were brought to our attention, and the teacher has been placed on administrative leave as part of our standard personnel investigation procedures. We have been in communication and will continue to be in communication with families to let them know our actions and next steps.
South Carolina standards for 5th grade require lessons on Reconstruction and discriminatory groups including the KKK. We must teach the standard, but we are taking steps to ensure this particular assignment will never be used again in District Five schools.
We understand the seriousness of this matter particularly in light of the events taking place in our country at this time. We want to ensure that our students, parents, staff and community know that we are giving this matter our full attention.
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