White Middle School Teacher Under Investigation After Stepping On Black Students’ Back To Simulate Horrors Of Slavery: Report
A white middle school teacher in New York was teaching a lesson on slavery when things got out of hand and she stepped on the backs of black students to show them how horrible slavery was.
According to New York Daily News, teacher Patricia Cummings was teaching a lesson on the Middle Passage – which was an event where Africans were shipped as a part of the Atlantic slave trade – when she called on a number of black students that required her to walk on their backs as they lied on the ground.
Students were stunned that Cummings used that teaching method at a school that has predominantly black students. According to Middle School 118’s demographic, 81% of their students are black and Hispanic, while only 3% of students are white.
One student, who spoke with NY Daily News said, “She put her foot on her back and said ‘How does it feel? See how it feels to be a slave?'”
The case is now being investigated and Cummings has been reassigned by the New York City Department of Education.
“While the investigation has not been completed, these are deeply disturbing allegations, and the alleged behavior has no place in our schools or in society,” said Toya Holness, Education Department spokeswoman, according to WNBC.