Update: Wahpeton teacher placed on leave for inappropriate activity during George Floyd discussion
WAHPETON, N.D. (KVRR) – A fifth grade teacher in the Wahpeton Public School District has been placed on administrative leave after what’s being called “inappropriate and insensitive” classroom activity.
Superintendent Rick Jacobson tells KVRR that it happened after a student asked a question about the arrest and death of George Floyd.
Jacobson says the incident “was not a full reenactment” of Floyd’s death, but says he considers what happened to be “inappropriate.”
“Earlier this week it was brought to our attention that an activity in one of our elementary classrooms may have been inappropriate and insensitive considering the current reality of issues our country is currently dealing with” Jacobson said.
“The school district was not aware of the incident until it was brought to our attention earlier this week. As a district, we do not support or tolerate any activity that would make students uncomfortable in the learning environment.”
Jacobson says the teacher will remain on administrative leave until the investigation is complete. He declined to immediately identify the teacher.
Jacobson says details will be released once the investigation is complete. A news conference is scheduled for Monday.