Ohio Middle School Teacher Threatens 13-Year-Old With Lynching

Mindy Sparks
January 13, 2018

The teacher reportedly told the boy, "If you don't get back on task, your friends are going to form an angry mob and lynch you".

"I want her removed from the classroom until she can get the proper training", said Agee-Bell.

"I was just taken aback because I said, 'what you said is actually worse than what he said you said, '" she told the outlet.

"I believe Mason is a community that is OK with the way it is", Agee-Bell said.

Welling up with tears, Tanisha accused Mason City Schools of setting up initiatives such as LGBTQ safe spaces for children, but failing to take advice on how to prevent vulnerable kids from being bullied. Mason Schools spokeswoman Tracey Carson confirmed the incident occurred in teacher Renee Thole's classroom.

She said: "As educators, sometimes we mess up".

According to Fox 19, Tanish Agee-Bell initially brushed off her eighth-grade son's claims that his social studies teacher said something about "lynching" to him during school hours.

NAACP statistics show 3,446 African Americans were lynched between 1882 and 1968.

Agee-Bell is a member of the Mason school district's diversity council - and has been for more than a decade.


"For her not to understand that the words that she said were a direct pull from what has been, what was a practice in the United States, is unacceptable", Agee-Bell told WLWT5.

"You shared that you realized that you cannot take that moment back but can only strive to make it a teachable moment for you and the students with your actions", reads the letter of reprimand, which the school district released to ABC News.

Thole admitted she had acted out of frustration, and Agee-Bell agrees her son should have been focused on his work - but she said the explanation was completely unsatisfactory.

Cincinnati.com reported that Agee-Bell contacted the school and has her son removed from Thole's class.

Though Thole apologized to the boy for the offensive remarks in the class, she never explained to the mostly-white class what was wrong about her comments.

"The hardest part is that even though he knows he did nothing wrong, he still is punished because he lost opportunity with his friends", Agee-Bell said.

An Ohio mom is outraged after learning that her son's teacher made racially insensitive comments toward him. "It was fantastic (Nathan) was fearless enough to confront the teacher". "Sometimes these are said out of genuine ignorance", Kist-Kline wrote.

"I said to him, (redacted) get to work", Thole wrote. She's thought about pulling her children from the district, but wants to stay and face these race-related issues head-on. There's no word on whether Thole was disciplined for her actions, however. Officials have pledged to continue providing cultural sensitivity training.

During the public portion of the Mason school board meeting Tuesday, officials praised a guest speaker who discussed race and empathy at the district last week.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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