Chicago High School investigates after teacher hangs black doll in class Chicago

A prestigious high school in Chicago, appointing Michelle Obama among its graduates, opened an investigation after a white teacher hung a black doll around her neck in his classroom and was challenged by a black colleague.

In an email to students and families who reached out to the Chicago Sun-Times, Joyce Kenner, principal of Magnet Whitney Young High School, wrote of the incident on Monday: “Unfortunately … a teacher hung a small African-American football doll stuffed by a pull-down thread Projector screen in their classroom.

“The teacher stated that he found the doll in his room and wanted the students to see if anyone would charge her. A colleague contacted the teacher about the doll and the conversation between the teachers became a dispute.”

The photos of the confrontation were shared on social media. More than 1,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the removal of the white teacher.

A parent of Whitney Young student Michelle Dongen told WLS, an ABC affiliate: “I believe he should be removed from school. The teaching degree should be taken from him. He knows what a lynching is. He knows what hanging the doll will represent, but Did he think about how it would affect the students? “

A student who did not want to be named said: “It really surprised me and I was really disgusted that our school is supposed to be very inclusive and diverse.”

In her email, Kenner said: “It has been my goal to create a community of respect and professionalism over the past 27 years as a principal. We strive every day to make sure every student, faculty and staff member feels comfortable, supported and safe.”

She also said she would “act in accordance with the disciplinary protocol established by the public schools in Chicago.”

In a statement, Chicago public schools said: “Our schools and the county are investigating and addressing all complaints and allegations of violations in accordance with county policies and procedures.”

Chicago Teachers Union said: “We understand that the investigation into Whitney Young is ongoing, but methods that reduce the damage of racial biases must be ongoing and consistent in our schools as well.

“Mayor [Lori] Lightfoot has a responsibility to provide a safe space for every member of our school communities, which is especially important in a district that serves a student population of 90% black and brown children.

“… practices that reduce the harm of racial biases must [be] Consistent in our schools. And any definition of ‘safety’ must include creating and strengthening an environment of equality and inclusion for all students, staff and the faculty of color. “

On Wednesday, the school reported that an anonymous teacher had been suspended. There was also a listening session for students.

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