Oklahoma student, mother allege teacher discriminated against him for wearing ‘Black King’ shirt

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A 7th grade Oklahoma student and his mother are outraged after they allege an Edmond teacher discriminated against the student for wearing a T-shirt. Edmond Public Schools officials are investigating a teacher who allegedly called a student racist in front of the entire class, then said there should be a White History Month.

“I felt embarrassed and left out,” Latrell Taft said. Taft told KOCO 5 he feels “the teacher and the other students started calling me racist.”

Taft says his science teacher discriminated against a shirt with the outline of Africa and the words “Black King.”

“She asked what my shirt said, and it says, ‘Black King,’” Taft said. The teen said the shirt was a birthday gift was confused about the problem.

“That’s when she said we need a White History Month,” Taft said. “And I said, ‘Black people don’t have enough recognition, and we barely learn about Black people.’”

Then student then claims the entire class teamed up against him.

“They said, ‘Yeah, we need a White History Month’ and called me racist,” Taft said.

“It really hurt me,” his mother, Melisa Shirley, added. “There’s a possibility my son’s heart could be hardened by this situation.”

Edmond Public Schools officials has released a statement saying, in part, “If it is determined that the student was the target of discrimination, bullying, or racism, appropriate and swift action will be taken as required by district policy.”

“I want her to get fired. I don’t think she’s a good teacher if she thinks that way,” Taft said.

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