Mason teacher admits to making lynching comment to student

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When the courageous boy told Thole her comments were racist in front of the class, the teacher asked why he would think that, the mother explained.

"I told her, 'Next time you're frustrated are you going to call him a n*****?'", Agee-Bell said she asked Thole.

"And I'm not saying she should never go back in the classroom, but until she can demonstrate that she understands what the impact of the language that she used and what she did can have, has had on my son, has on his peers and is having on our community, then she doesn't need to be in the classroom".

Thole wrote that Nathan immediately called her remark racist, and she walked over and talked with him.

"I would say, yes the teacher did confirm she said that", Tracey Carson, a spokeswoman for the Mason School District, told ABC News.

"As educators, sometimes we mess up". While she's thought about pulling her kids from the Mason school district entirely, she ultimately chose to stay and improve its racism issues, as she's been a member of the district's diversity council for more than a decade.

According to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), between 1882 and the rise of the civil rights movement almost a century later, more than 3,440 African-Americans were lynched due to their color. The district has not removed Thole, and has yet say whether any disciplinary action will be taken against her.

The school district investigated and determined Thole will be required to attend cultural training, according to a formal letter of reprimand placed in her personnel file on Thursday.

Nathan did not tell his mother, Tanisha Agee-Bell, about the incident for a week in fear of getting in trouble for talking back to the teacher.

"You shared that you realized that you cannot take that moment back but can only strive to make it a teachable moment for you and the students with your actions", reads the letter of reprimand, which the school district released to ABC News.

Agee-Bell also said she was not satisfied with the district's discipline. Once Agee-Bell was made aware of the comment, she called the school to complain and request Thole apologize to the class, which she did. "It was unbelievable that (Nathan) was courageous enough to confront the teacher".

"The hardest part is that even though he knows he did nothing wrong, he still is punished because he lost opportunity with his friends", Agee-Bell said. "Sometimes these are said out of genuine ignorance", Kist-Kline wrote. "I don't know if she's racist, but I know that what she said is racist". For example, some students contend that they are not being offensive if they say n***a vs. the n-word.

It's unknown if the teacher will face any other disciplinary action, local outlets reported.

During the public portion of the Mason school board meeting Tuesday, officials praised a guest speaker who discussed race and empathy at the district last week.



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