Columbia-area teacher who gave KKK homework question is back at work

KKK homework assignment (WACH)

LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WACH) — A Midlands teacher is back at work after previously being on administrative leave for including a question regarding the Ku Klux Klan in a homework assignment.

“After careful review and investigation in this matter, the district decided to return the teacher to the classroom effective Friday, Sept, 22,” Lexington-Richland School District Five officials said in a press release Tuesday. “We have discussed the matter with school leaders who work with curriculum issues in our district to ensure that this particular assignment is never again used in our schools.”

The release went on to say that the conversations “have led to discussions, in general, about the need for more sensitivity in our assignments to all students.”

The teacher gave the assignment to a fifth-grade class at Oak Point Elementary. A photo of the assignment was sent to WACH. One question asked students, “You are a member of the KKK. Why do you think your treatment of African Americans is justified?”

The name of the teacher wasn’t released by the district. The teacher was on administrative leave while district investigated the matter.

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