A Charlotte County teacher encourages students to use a racial slur during a reading session

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FL — A seventh grader from St. Charles Catholic School told his mother that a teacher encouraged the class to use insults like the n-word.

“I called my son and he said it was terrible, it was embarrassing, it was embarrassing.” said the mother.

His class was reading Tom Sawyer.

“The students in the seventh grade were acting serious, which meant they would say the ‘n’ word out loud. Then the teacher told the boys to just say the word, so that they could then go on with that passage of the book.” said Karen Barry-Schwartz, director of the Diocese of Venice Communication.

The school sent this statement after parents emailed to complain.

Then the mother told NBC2 that she decided to go to school and address the problem.

“I need to go down there and see this teacher myself and look this teacher in the face and ask her why she thinks this is a good idea.” said the mother.

The school then sent a message to the parents saying, “The root cause of this problem is the persistent bad and immature behavior displayed by many Year 7 students.”

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