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Teacher Has Black, White Students Reenact Ferguson Shooting (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A teacher at Brantley Elementary School in Selma, Alabama, has been put on a paid suspension following reports that she had her sixth grade students reenact the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting in class.

Jessica Baughn, a mother of a student, posted about the reenactment on the Sound Off Selma Facebook page on Tuesday.

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The Facebook post has since been removed, but The Selma Times-Journal states Baughn wrote:

His teacher made them reenact the two current shooting of the young black males. The white students had to play the police officer. She even has them get on the internet and research how many times the young man was shot where he was shot at.

That is absurd to me then you turn around and make them reenact every bit of it including the shooting.Then sit in class and tells them our black children can not walk in their own neighborhood without white people shooting them and she hated to sound racist but whatever.

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According to AL.com, Baughn claimed the teacher was teaching hate (by bringing a real world situation into the classroom).

Dallas County Schools Superintendent of Education Don Willingham says that a student brought up the Brown shooting during a current events class. Willingham said a class "skit" followed.

“We wish the conversation didn’t have to take place, but it’s been reported to us and we’re addressing it as quick as we can,” Willingham told The Selma Times-Journal.

“I did put the teacher on administrative leave with pay, because we wanted to do the investigation,” added Willingham. “It’s standard procedure.”

Willingham says there has been a meeting between the teacher and school principal, and that he has spoken with Baughn about the incident.

Willingham regrets Baughn didn't alert the school before going to Facebook, but Baughn defended her posting, which she removed.

"That's what's wrong with society right now, parents are not aware of what's going on in schools. They're not aware of what they're children are being exposed to, and me as a parent, I want to know," Baughn told WSFA.

Sources: The Selma Times-Journal, WSFA, AL.com