A parent who said his daughter attends the Metro Nashville Public Schools tweeted that an English lesson plan tells her that White people are appalling racists.
That man, who uses the name GrantB911 on Twitter, also said he’s pulling his second grade daughter out of the public school system immediately.
My daughter just started second grade @MetroSchools. I will be pulling her out immediately.
Her first “English” lesson of the year is teaching her that white people are bad, mean & racist against African-Americans & Mexicans.
My daughter, 7, is not a racist nor is her family.
— GrantB911 (@GrantB911) August 14, 2020
“Her first ‘English’ lesson of the year is teaching her that White people are bad, mean & racist against African-Americans & Mexicans. My daughter, 7, is not a racist nor is her family,” the man said.
“She has been and will always be taught that everyone is equal. She will not be ashamed of her skin color.”
In another post, the man, referring to a story in an English lesson, said the White kids in it “told the Mexican girl to ‘Go back to the Mexican school!’”
“The Mexican kids were sent away and forced to sit in the dirt with flies around them and an electric fence that shocked them because White people are bad. This is NOT a civil rights lesson. This is self-hate & fake White privilege,” GrantB911 tweeted.
GrantB911 then posted a photo of another passage from a book, although he did not say if it was a part of his daughter’s English lesson.
“There has been no slavery for a long time. But are White people and black people treated equally? No.”
The Tennessee Star contacted the Twitter user — whose name is apparently T Grant Benson — several times this week. Benson, however, did not respond to any of our messages.
As reported last week, parents of students who attend nearby Rutherford County Schools (RCS) had to agree not to monitor their child’s online classroom sessions. Officials at all county schools asked parents to sign forms agreeing not to watch these virtual classes.
RCS spokesman James Evans addressed the matter in an email to The Star this week.
“We are aware of the concern that has been raised about this distance-learning letter that was sent to parents. The intent was not to prevent parents from being involved with their children during distance learning, but it was intended to protect the academic privacy of other students in the classroom who are visible during certain virtual class sessions,” Evans said.
“We have issued new guidance to principals that parents can assist their children during virtual group lessons with permission of the instructor but should refrain from sharing or recording any information about other students in the classroom.”
Evans did not elaborate.
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