Five white teachers from the Christian School District in St. Charles County, Missouri, have come under fire after spelling out a racial slur during a game of human Scrabble, a photo of which ended up on social media, local news station KSDK reports.
It started as a game of human Scrabble. The photo shows faculty from the Christian School District rearranging letters to form the word “coons.” Someone then posted it to social media, parents said it was even on the school district’s website. However, Principal Jake Ibbetson told 5 On Your Side Wednesday that wasn’t the case. He said the photo was never posted to the school’s website or any of the school’s social media accounts.
“They were running around trying to spell raccoon, but they didn’t have the R and the A,” said Pastor Raymond Horry who has two children enrolled in the district. “I don’t believe it that five Caucasian teachers, not one of them knew that. Maybe one didn’t know it, maybe two didn’t know it, but all 5 didn’t know it?”
The school district said in a statement that they are investigating the incident and will take appropriate disciplinary action at its completion.
They also apologized and asked forgiveness:
“We recognize that this ill-informed action caused hurt and offense to many students and families in our school and in the wider community. We offer no excuse as to why this word was used. In a statement to families last night, we apologized for the incident and sought their forgiveness. We also ask that of anyone who has been impacted by this picture.”
“It’s a blanket statement, it’s the same thing, we always have to forgive them for their transgressions because they don’t know how to handle racial issues,” said one parent.
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