OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — An Osceola County teacher has been removed from the classroom while the school district investigates a race-related incident that played out during an online class.
Video from the class shows Poinciana High School social studies teacher Tracey Brown asserting a right to “dislike black people” because, she says, she was attacked by a gang on a train in Atlanta when she was a teen.
The district says the video was submitted to them through their “Lets Talk” platform, created earlier this year for students and parents to submit questions about anything school-related during the pandemic.
The district says they started investigating immediately to figure out exactly what happened. Another clip circulating on social media shows Ms. Brown talking about the Black Lives Matter movement.
“You are implying that black lives matter more than anyone else,” Brown says in the second video.
Additional video of the entire session obtained by WFTV Wednesday shows what happened in the class before Brown made her remarks on race.
The student to whom Brown was speaking in the video says the incident started with a discussion about the Black Lives Matter movement
Another student who was in the class says the period began with a lesson about the constitution before it veered off course.
“We’re going over the amendments...then some kids started asking different things,” the student recalled.
That student says his teacher is not a bad person and he wishes the situation hadn’t gotten to this point.
“I took offense to it because I am black...I didn’t want her to, like, say anything about this at all," the student said.
In another part of the video, Brown continues, “I was using it as an example, not to start an argument in class.”
Thousands of people have signed an online petition calling for Brown to be disciplined.
The school district says they have the video from the entire class period and is still in the early stages of its investigation.
Brown will be reassigned to work in an area with no children during the investigation.
The Osceola County Education Association says Brown is a member of the union and they will ensure she gets due process.
We’ve tried contacting Brown for comment but she has not replied.
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