A fifth-grade teacher in South Carolina was put on administrative leave after giving her students an assignment asking them to legitimize being in the Ku Klux Klan after the Civil War.
The assignment, posted on Thursday to Facebook by a relative of a student at Oak Pointe Elementary in Irmo, asked students to put themselves in the shoes of a KKK member, detailing the group’s “purpose and motivation” — and its impact on “opportunities” for African-Americans.
“You are a member of the KKK,” the assignment read. “Why do you think your treatment of African Americans is justified?”
A space for the student’s answer was left blank on the screenshot of the assignment posted to Facebook. The following question asked students to flip the script, imagining themselves as an emancipated slave.
“You are a freedman,” the assignment continued. “Are you satisfied with your new life? Why or why not?”
The unidentified student responded: “Yes, because I got clothing, a job, medical care, food, education, and protection.”
The teacher, who was not identified by the district, has been employed in Lexington-Richmond School District Five since 2006, spokeswoman Katrina Goggins told The Post. The assignment will “never again” be used in the district, she said in a statement.
“School District Five is taking this matter very seriously,” the statement reads. “We have been in communication and will continue to be in communication with families to let them know our actions and next steps.”
Educational standards in South Carolina require lessons on Reconstruction and hate groups like the KKK, district officials said.
“We must teach the standard, but we are taking steps to ensure this particular assignment will never be used again in District Five schools,” the statement continued. “We understand the seriousness of this matter particularly in light of the events taking place in our country at this time. We want to ensure that our students, parents, staff and community know that we are giving this matter our full attention.”
Tremain Cooper, a pharmacist in Charlotte, identified himself as the uncle of the 10-year-old boy who received the assignment.
“He’s home crying right now,” Cooper wrote of his nephew. “How can she ask a fifth-grader to justify the actions of the KKK?”
A former Staten Island teacher who resigned in disgrace after making a sex tape with a student has found greener pastures in the Garden State, according to a report.
Nadine Sudlow, 30, who taught English at Liberation Diploma Plus High School, had sex with her “pet pupil” during a hotel tryst that was caught in footage that the youth shared with his pals, according to a probe.
She regularly treated the student to free lunches and Starbucks coffee, which he said made him feel “weird,” but added he thought she was just “fooling around.”
The untenured teacher — who told the student in emails that she was “mad horny” — resigned in July 2014, two months after a complaint was lodged with the office of a special schools investigator.
But shortly after a 2015 report in The Post, New Jersey granted Sudlow a teaching certificate and she was hired by the Newark school district, the Asbury Park Press reported Wednesday.
She claimed a principal who knew about her history encouraged her to apply for the position, the news outlet reported.
“It happens so often because they can get away with it,” said Terri Miller, president of Stop Educator Sexual Abuse Misconduct & Exploitation, or SESAME, the paper reported.
“They have the support of the teachers union. School administrators and districts would rather stay safe and save money than save children.”
New Jersey is considering legislation that would ban confidentiality agreements that protect teachers with substantiated cases of abuse or misconduct.