Teacher Accused of Telling Black Students They Could Have Been Her 'Slaves'

A teacher has resigned from a North Carolina school after she allegedly told Black students in her class they would be her "field slaves" if the Constitution did not exist.

According to WITN-TV, officials at Winterville Charter Academy shared a message with parents on September 24 confirming the teacher had resigned.

A copy of the statement seen by the network read: "It was brought to the attention of school administration that a racially insensitive lesson regarding the importance of the Constitution of the United States was carried out during an English lesson on Constitution Day."

It added "racially insensitive words" were used by several children in the class and that there "was not appropriate redirection along with inappropriate response from the educator."

The memo concluded: "Culturally sensitive training for the teacher that resigned will be provided, along with proactive training measures for our current and future staff members."

Furious parents also shared personal accounts on a Facebook page, which listed what had allegedly been said to their children.

The Virginian Pilot said parents alleged a teacher asked Black children to raise their hand during a lesson in September.

Once they did so, the teacher told them they would be her "field slaves" had the Constitution not been written.

Another message was sent to all families at the school that came after an increase of social media posts that had been shared about the alleged incident.

According to WITN, the message read: "As soon as we were made aware of each incident, we immediately took action.

"The result was a teacher resignation and the children involved being disciplined in accordance with our parent and student handbook.

"These situations concern us too. Our school culture is built on one of acceptance, love, and respect to serve all children and their families. The inner workings of our school are surrounded by international effort to eliminate implicit and explicit bias."

Newsweek has contacted Winterville Charter Academy for comment.

According to Winterville Charter Academy, 61 percent of the school's 661 students are Black or African American. The school said this is much higher than the state average of 24 percent.

It comes after a school in South Carolina launched an investigation into a viral video where a teacher could be heard using the N-word during class.

A TikTok video showed a female teacher at Cane Bay High School using the highly offensive racial slur off-camera while discussing words and objects that are "rooted in racism."

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Officials confirmed the teacher resigned from the school. Above, an empty classroom at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 shows that a teacher has prepared for the start of the school year on September 2 in New York City. Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images