Segregation lesson plan at Concord South Side Elementary has family upset

A lesson about segregation in preparation for Martin Luther King Day has one family furious after their daughter came home upset on Friday.

Second grade student Alonah Howard says she was bullied on Friday while in class at Concord South Side Elementary.

During the teacher’s lesson plan for the day, half of the class was stamped with a red or purple mark on their hand. The teacher treated each group differently the entire day. The red group was ignored and asked to sit in the back of the classroom. While the teacher allegedly gave the purple group favorable attention and entertained them.

According to Concord School's Superintendent, Wayne Stubbs, Friday was a typical lesson centered around anti-bullying and Martin Luther King Day. The teacher divides students into groups of privileged and non-privileged. The idea is to ultimately teach the importance of what's on the inside of a person not the outside that counts.

Mom, Risa Howard, says the discrimination tactics went too far for such a young age group.

“Her teacher told the students that all of the students with the purple stamps had beautiful faces and to come up to the front and red stamps go to the back,” says mother Risa Howard.

The superintendent declined an interview but said he supports the lesson at this point.

The mother talked with the principal Tuesday morning and still wasn't satisfied with an explanation for the lesson plan.


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