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Teacher placed on administrative leave over pre-Civil War assignment

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Posted at 8:34 PM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 21:34:31-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Metro Nashville Public Schools student teacher was asked not to come back to the classroom after conducting a black history lesson.

The material in question was a speech from Willie Lynch in 1712 on slavery. The assignment for 4th graders at Waverly Belmont Elementary was not related to Black History Month but rather pre-Civil War United States.

The district says the material was not age appropriate. The supervising teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the district.

Read MNPS's full statement below:

“A student-teacher was dismissed and asked not to return to Waverly-Belmont as a result of teaching material that was not age appropriate or within the scope of sequence for the 4th grade class. Metro Schools regrets if any students or parents were caused pain as a result of this incident. District leaders have been working with school administrators and parents to address concerns for the students involved.”