Parents Sue Mississippi School District Over White Teacher's 'Hang Him' Comment To Black Student
A Mississippi school district is facing a lawsuit from parents who claim that a white substitute teacher made a racist comment about their black son being hanged.
In a report from the San Francisco Chronicle, the incident took place back in April when the substitute teacher urged a white student to let the black student hit him “so that they could hang him.”
“Everybody in the class gasped when she said it,” Carlos Moore, the lawyer for the student’s parents,” said. “They knew exactly what she meant.”
The lawsuit, which was filed by Tony and Kayla Lindsey, the student’s parents, is against the Rankin County school district, contract labor provider Kelly Services, and the teacher. According to the suit, the district suspended the substitute, who is an employee of Kelly Services, for two days.
“She was trying to discipline an unruly child and maybe she didn’t use the best choice of words, but there was no racial intent or racial overtone,” Fred Harrell Jr., a district lawyer, said. “He’s stirring up the media and he thinks that helps him stir up a settlement, but it won’t help with me.”
Moore said the family had been offered “hush money” of $5,000 but they rejected it. The report also notes how a student is believed to have recorded the incident, but Lindsey’s son was suspended for three days when he returned to the school in an attempt to get the evidence.