According to WFSB Eye Witness News on Wednesday, an Alabama teacher has been suspended for having her sixth grade students re-enact the Ferguson shooting of Michael Brown. The Dallas County teacher is unnamed but is suspended without pay, but Superintendent Don Willingham said the teacher will return to school sometimes in the future.
Brown, a black 18-year-old, was fatally shot by a white Ferguson, Missouri police officer on Aug. 9. The unarmed man's death has sparked protests and riots in the St. Louis suburb and around the country.
According to WTVM News, one of the parents, Jessica Baughn, whose son took part in the re-enactment complained about the assignment on social media which caused outrage among other parents. They believe the re-enactment went too far especially with the unrest still in Ferguson. Baughn explained that her son's teacher had the class go on the internet and find out about everything they could about the Ferguson shooting and re-enact it. The students used paper guns and paper bullets. A black child played the part of Brown and fell on the ground like he was dead while a white child played the role of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The teacher probably had good intentions for teaching her students about current events, but the situation in Ferguson is just too raw right now for such young minds when even adults have problems understanding the tragedy.
Superintendent Willingham said as soon as he found out about the situation he called a meeting with the teacher and school principal. Willingham says he also talked with Baughn about the incident. What the superintendent has a problem with is that the parent went on social media before discussing the matter with him.
The superintendent said the teacher was placed on leave to avoid any kind of awkwardness until the investigation is finished. The superintendent also says he wants all parents to know that if they have a problem in the classroom, they should come to him first.