A fourth grade teacher in Utah has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons after posting a racist video online in which she questioned how the “posh, White parents” will react to her classroom that’s “built for non-White students.”
A teacher at William Penn Elementary near Salt Lake City, Utah, posted a video earlier this month in which she talked about the upcoming school year at her new teaching job, explaining that this is her first teaching gig at a majority-White school.
“For the first time in my life, I’m going to be teaching at a majority-White school, and I’m kind of interested to see how students and parents react to my classroom, or if they even notice anything about it, because it’s built for non-White students,” the teacher said. “And, what I mean by that is like, if you look around and you interact with some of the materials I have, you’ll notice that there’s, like, no White kids represented.”
The teacher explains that the classroom materials, including coloring pages, don’t have any representation of white kids. And, although she admits that some of her classroom’s books represent “straight, cis, White men,” this is “overpowered” by books depicting “diverse peoples” such as “people of color, non-binary, trans, otherwise LGBTQ characters.”
She then expresses the assumption that she will be receiving complaints from the “posh, White parents” based on her experience with them in the past, saying, “I feel like some parents might have something to say about that – if my experience with posh, White parents holds true for this year.”
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After this video made its way around social media, drawing significant criticism, the principal of William Penn Elementary issued a statement on Facebook saying it is her “personal commitment… to ensure every student feels safe and welcome,” and that it is “inappropriate for any employee to make students feel unwelcome in any way, shape or form.”
The principal also reported that the teacher has since deleted the social media post and apologized for the comments that were made.
“We regret this has occurred and hope we can work to rebuild trust within this wonderful community we have the pleasure of serving,” the principal added.
The school district is now in the process of conducting an investigation to determine if any district policies had been violated.
A spokesperson for the Granite School District spoke with Fox News Digital, saying, “it would be in violation of our district policies to teach anything other than the approved curriculum and standards or to discriminate against any student.”
“As soon as our investigation is complete, we anticipate taking appropriate corrective action,” they added. “We know that it is our role as educators to support parents and the families we serve, and we value our parents and their engagement in our schools and classrooms.”