Duval teacher had used coloring assignment of lynching before on Black History Month

By | March 26, 2013

An Atlantic Beach Elementary School teacher who used depictions of minstrel caricatures of African-Americans, blackface and a lynching for a second-grade coloring assignment last month said she has used the material for the past three years.

On Monday, Duval County Public Schools officials released documents pertaining to their investigation of the incident at the school last month. In the documents, Teresa Flores said she used the Black History Month assignment before and it didn’t raise any personal concerns to her.

The investigation also found that Flores believes the coloring assignment was the “best way to teach the lesson.”

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti has said Flores showed a lapse in judgment when she gave out the assignment and that the assignment wasn’t an appropriate activity for second-graders. (Florida Times-Union)

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