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Old 11-11-10, 09:17 AM
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Father sues district over reading about slavery

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Father sues district over reading about slavery

The Associated Press
Wednesday, November 10, 2010; 8:53 PM

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. -- The father of a black student has sued a Detroit-area school district claiming that his daughter was racially harassed by a fifth-grade teacher's reading aloud from a book about slavery.

The suit claims Jala Petree's teacher at Margaret Black Elementary School in Sterling Heights read excerpts from Julius Lester's "From Slave Ship to Freedom Road" that contain racial epithets and racist characterizations, The Macomb Daily reported.

The suit against Warren Consolidated Schools was filed Nov. 3 in Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens, according to court records. It was filed by Jala's father, Jamey Petree, and seeks more than $50,000 in damages.

District spokesman Bob Freehan told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the district hasn't been served with the suit but plans a vigorous defense. He said the excerpts were read last school year during a unit to prepare students for Black History Month.

The reading was from supplemental material provided by a textbook company, Freehan said, and following the reading students were involved in what he called a "positive" discussion about the excerpts.


The lawsuit claims the reading has "affected the conditions of learning duties and the advantages of her further education, and seriously affected her mental and emotional well-being, past, present and future."

Lawyer Scott E. Combs, who is representing the family, told The Detroit News that letters and calls to the district failed to remedy the family's concerns over the literature and the parents eventually pulled the child from the district.

"I tried long and hard to get answers and an explanation from the school," he said.

Freehan, however, said the school has given the family and its lawyer detailed responses. He said family didn't inquire about the lesson until April, more than three months after the lesson was presented.



Cash grab or not?
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Cash grab or not?
Really?
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Let's just ban reading from schools so nobody is offended.
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Really?
I definitely think it is.
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Let's just ban reading from schools so nobody is offended.
And stop teaching history as well.
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It would help if we had details of what was in the book and what the teacher said.
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I wonder if German Americans will sue over the teaching of WWII.
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I wonder if German Americans will sue over the teaching of WWII.
Why didn't I think of that back in school?? I mean, the family came over back in the 1700s. That counts, right?
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Instead of suing, he should use this as an example to never trust whitey.
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Instead of suing, he should use this as an example to never trust whitey.
I didn't check, did Rich win?
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My hat goes off to the teacher. The parent seem to be into money and not into education.
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Trust a college history major, whose favorite teacher is a specialist in African American History and topics.

You can't read about slavery, racism, and the like, without some n words and negative material. To do anything else dilutes the point. I'm sure for H.S. and below, you might avoid the worst of the worst.

But expecting to study it without hitting on ANY of the nastiness whatsoever that goes along with it...then you're just going to do a bad job studying it.
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Can we please just stick all the PC crybabies on a ship toward the sun and have it slowly burn up as it gets close to the sun's surface?
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Even in his new job as an elementary school teacher Mel Gibson just can't catch a break, can he?
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Even in his new job as an elementary school teacher Mel Gibson just can't catch a break, can he?
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Even in his new job as an elementary school teacher Mel Gibson just can't catch a break, can he?
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