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Edmond student, mother claim teacher discriminated against him for wearing ‘Black King’ shirt

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A seventh-grade student and his mother are left heartbroken after they claim an Edmond teacher discriminated against the student for wearing a T-shirt.Edmond Public Schools officials are investigating a teacher who allegedly called a student racist in front of the entire class, followed by comments that there should be a White History Month.“I felt embarrassed and left out,” Latrell Taft said.He told KOCO 5 he feels that way because “the teacher and the other students started calling me racist.”Taft claimed his seventh-grade science teacher discriminated against a shirt with the outline of Africa and the words “Black King.”“She asked what my shirt said, and it says, ‘Black King,’” Taft said.He said the shirt was a birthday gift, and Taft was confused about the problem.“That’s when she said we need a White History Month,” Taft said. “And I said, ‘Black people don’t have enough recognition, and we barely learn about Black people.’”He claimed his whole class then teamed up on him.“They said, ‘Yeah, we need a White History Month’ and called me racist,” Taft said.“It really hurt me,” his mother, Melisa Shirley, added. “There’s a possibility my son’s heart could be hardened by this situation.”Shirley told KOCO 5 that this has been her worst fear – for her son having to go through this.Edmond Public Schools officials released a statement saying, in part, “If it is determined that the student was the target of discrimination, bullying, or racism, appropriate and swift action will be taken as required by district policy.”“I want her to get fired. I don’t think she’s a good teacher if she thinks that way,” Taft said.His parents called the school and are set up to have an emergency meeting Thursday. No matter what happens, Taft said he’s not apologizing for wearing the shirt.“Black is beautiful, and I’m proud of my blackness. And she will never take it away from me,” Taft said.

A seventh-grade student and his mother are left heartbroken after they claim an Edmond teacher discriminated against the student for wearing a T-shirt.

Edmond Public Schools officials are investigating a teacher who allegedly called a student racist in front of the entire class, followed by comments that there should be a White History Month.

“I felt embarrassed and left out,” Latrell Taft said.

He told KOCO 5 he feels that way because “the teacher and the other students started calling me racist.”

Taft claimed his seventh-grade science teacher discriminated against a shirt with the outline of Africa and the words “Black King.”

“She asked what my shirt said, and it says, ‘Black King,’” Taft said.

He said the shirt was a birthday gift, and Taft was confused about the problem.

“That’s when she said we need a White History Month,” Taft said. “And I said, ‘Black people don’t have enough recognition, and we barely learn about Black people.’”

He claimed his whole class then teamed up on him.

“They said, ‘Yeah, we need a White History Month’ and called me racist,” Taft said.

“It really hurt me,” his mother, Melisa Shirley, added. “There’s a possibility my son’s heart could be hardened by this situation.”

Shirley told KOCO 5 that this has been her worst fear – for her son having to go through this.

Edmond Public Schools officials released a statement saying, in part, “If it is determined that the student was the target of discrimination, bullying, or racism, appropriate and swift action will be taken as required by district policy.”

“I want her to get fired. I don’t think she’s a good teacher if she thinks that way,” Taft said.

His parents called the school and are set up to have an emergency meeting Thursday. No matter what happens, Taft said he’s not apologizing for wearing the shirt.

“Black is beautiful, and I’m proud of my blackness. And she will never take it away from me,” Taft said.