Tennessee Students Walk Out in Support of Teacher Fired for Using the N-Word

After a teacher in Tennessee was placed on administrative leave over an assignment concerning a racial slur, students showed their support for the teacher in a walk-out, as per Fox News.

The incident concerns an English teacher at Cane Ridge High School in Antioch, Tennessee, who issued an assignment regarding the play “Fences,” which is about “a black man struggling to provide for his family.” The assignment asked students to write an essay about the racial slur, including the questions “How is it a racist term,” and “how is it used?”

After the assignment was handed out, “some parents found [it] to be inappropriate for their children,” and their demands led to the school placing the teacher on leave. The leave ended on Thursday, but the teacher will still have to “undergo training by the school system’s Diversity and Equity team.”

Students subsequently showed their support through both the walkout and an online petition, with one student declaring that the teacher was “being persecuted for trying to prepare us for the real world.”

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22).

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