A teacher astatine a Riverside, California schoolhouse has been placed connected administrative permission aft a video emerged showing her wearing a faux Native American headdress portion dancing and chanting successful beforehand of her class.
Video footage of the clip, which was filmed successful the schoolroom and shared connected Twitter, shows the John W. North High School teacher waving her arms successful the aerial during a mathematics people portion wearing a headdress made of paper.
She tin repeatedly beryllium heard chanting “SohCahToa”, a mnemonic device utilized to retrieve the 3 basal trig ratios used to lick for missing sides and angles successful a close triangle; sine, cosine and tangent.
At 1 point, the video shows the teacher lasting connected desks astatine the backmost of the schoolroom and shouting retired the chant earlier making references to a “rock god” and “water goddess.”
The video was heavy criticized by lawmakers including California assemblymembers Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona), and James Ramos (D-Highland), who said they “fully condemn” the teachers’ actions.
“The teacher’s behaviour was highly inappropriate and offensive,” Assemblymembers said successful a statement connected Thursday.
“It is damaging and disheartening to spot Native American and indigenous civilization represented successful specified a trite and insensitive way. However, this is not an isolated incident, arsenic specified teaching practices, adjacent successful mathematics classes, person been utilized crossed the nation. It is clip that we halt this behavior.”
Assemblymembers noted that the authorities of California made ethnic studies a required people crossed California precocious schools conscionable weeks ago.
“Unfortunately, for students of color, moments specified arsenic the 1 astatine John W. North High School are the fewer successful which their practice is represented successful the classroom, contempt however inaccurate and incorrect they are. We request to guarantee that students larn astir themselves successful positive, accurate, and due ways,” the connection continued.
“As members of the legislature and members of our community, we are afloat committed to moving with Riverside Unified School District to marque definite that due actions are taken and incidents similar this ne'er hap again.”
On Thursday morning, the Riverside Unified School District issued a statement confirming the video is from a territory teacher and that she has been placed connected permission pending an investigation.
“A signaling of 1 of our teachers has been wide circulated connected societal media. These behaviors are wholly unacceptable and an violative depiction of the immense and expansive Native American cultures and practices. Her actions bash not correspond the values of our district. The teacher has been placed connected permission portion the District conducts an investigation,” the connection reads.
“The Riverside Unified School District values diversity, equity and inclusion, and does not condone behaviour against these values,” the connection continued.
The territory noted its committedness to instrumentality “inclusive practices and policies that grant the affluent diverseness of our territory and the greater region” and said it volition beryllium moving with its students, families, staff, and community to regain the spot of the school.
The territory did not place the teacher.
The Epoch Times has contacted the Riverside Unified School District for comment.
Katabella Roberts is simply a newsman presently based successful Turkey. She covers quality and concern for The Epoch Times, focusing chiefly connected the United States.