Four eighth graders at Jay Stream Middle School in Carol Stream, Ill., claim that a substitute teacher called them the N-word.
The 13-year-old students were in history class last Wednesday when a substitute teacher asked them about President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and called them "African American."
"All four of us that were sitting there got offended because none of us are from Africa. I’m Jamaican. So we said, 'Can you please not call us that?'" student Mea Thompson told NBC Chicago (video below).
“She continued to call us that and said, 'It’s the politically correct term,'" added Thompson. "Then she said, 'Well, back then you guys would be considered the N-word.'"
"We were so shocked and we were like, 'What? Excuse me?'" recalled Thompson. "She was like, 'Well, back then that’s what African Americans were called.'"
The students say the substitute teacher used the N-word several times during class and also called them "slaves."
"I just want people to know how much it affected us and I don’t want this to happen to anybody else," stated student Zaria Daniel.
The Carol Stream School District 93 said the substitute teacher confirmed the students' version of what happened. The substitute teacher will not be returning, noted ABC 7.
Thompson’s mother, Shayna, is calling on local police to charge the substitute teacher with a hate crime or disorderly conduct.