Missouri teacher suspended after student dresses as Klansman
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) — A southern Missouri school district has suspended a teacher who oversaw a class presentation in which a ninth-grader dressed as a Ku Klux Klan member.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that Poplar Bluff district superintendent Scott Dill visited the American History class Monday to read the suspended teacher’s letter of apology.
The student who dressed as a Klansman Friday was among a group assigned to study the 15th Amendment, which awarded voting rights to black men. During their presentation, they discussed organizations that engaged in voter suppression.
A photo of the student has circulated on social media.
It’s unclear if the teacher directed the student to dress as a Klansman. The district says it doesn’t believe the student was acting with discriminatory intent.
Dill hasn’t returned an Associated Press reporter’s call.