A Texas teacher has been placed on administrative leave after telling a Muslim student “I bet you’re grieving your uncle”, a reference to the death of Osama Bin Laden.
According to ABC 13, a mother of a Clear Brook High School student reported the incident Monday after her child told her about the remark made in a 9th grade algebra class.
According to the mom, who wishes to remain anonymous,
“The teacher told the student that ‘I bet you’re grieving.’ And she basically looked at him and said what are you talking about? And he said I heard about your uncle’s death and she said wow, because she understood that he was referring about Osama bin Laden being killed and was racially profiling her.”
The unidentified woman also says that the student was visibly upset by the comment but the teacher shrugged and walked away.
“The student ended up crying over what was said to her by the teacher and the teacher asked her why she was crying and another student said it was because of what you said earlier. And his response was, oh, OK, and just kind of smirked and giggled and walked away.”
School officials have since released a statement confirming the incident and apologizing for the teacher’s behavior.
“In the Clear Creek Independent School District, we believe diversity strengthens our community and seek opportunities to celebrate the different cultures within our schools and neighborhoods.
The sentiments allegedly shared by this teacher are not reflective of the staff at Clear Brook High School or anyone within the Clear Creek Independent School District.
In accordance with CCISD policy, the teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a personnel investigation.
The student did the right thing and immediately notified an adult regarding the teachers’ comments. The principal at Clear Brook High School notified the child’s parents and has been in communication with the family.”