A teenager has spoken out about the moment he was told by his teacher that his "Black King" t-shirt was racist.
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Now, this story has horrified and outraged many...
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The majority of children look up to their teachers...
And see them as a solid influence in their young lives.
So, if a teacher is seen doing anything...
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Because at the end of the day...
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But sadly, some teachers have been known to abuse their positions of being a role model.
And this brings us back to today's controversial story.
A teenage boy was told by his teacher that his "Black King" t-shirt was racist and that allowing him to wear it would be a "double standard."
And, just when you thought this teacher couldn't get any worse, she then called for a white history month.
As you may expect, the young boy's story has stirred opinions online...
Thirteen-year-old Latrell Taft spoke to local news outlet, KFOR, where he explained that the teacher took issue with his top during a chemistry lesson.
At the time, Latrell was wearing the t-shirt, which was given to him as a birthday gift.
Latrell explained to KFOR that his teacher told him that it would be a double standard to allow him to wear his t-shirt.
"She said that if she had a shirt that said white queen, it would have been racist. Then after that, she said we need a white history month," he said.
"I said Black people don't have enough recognition, and we barely learn about Black people in February at my school. I was embarrassed."
He then went on to explain that, shockingly, it wasn't just his teacher behaving in this manner.
Sadly, most of his fellow students agreed with their teacher that the t-shirt was inappropriate.
Once home from school, Latrell told his mom about the incident, who phoned the school.
In a statement about the incident, Susan Parks-Schlepp, the director of communications at Edmond Public Schools, said:
"Edmond Public Schools is aware of an incident in a classroom at Heartland Middle School involving a district employee and a seventh-grade student who wore a t-shirt featuring an outline of Africa and the words 'Black King' written on the front. If it is determined that the student was the target of discrimination, bullying, or racism, appropriate and swift action will be taken."
A following statement also said:
"The district recognizes the public's desire for a quick resolution to this issue. However, it's important to note that employees have fundamental rights to ensure fairness when they are the subject of a complaint. Those rights include an option for the teacher to respond to and contest any recommended disciplinary action. As such, the district cannot, at this time, divulge any further details about the outcome of today's meeting."
In his interview with KFOR, Latrell said:
"I'm proud of my Blackness and she will never take it away from me. I'm a king because I think I'm a king."
Though he did add, he does not wish to return to the school while the teacher is still employed there.