An Iowa mother is fired up after it was brought to her attention that a teacher made her son refer to him as “master.
Roosevelt High School student Jabre White, 17, told The Des Moines Register the way his teacher, Shawn McCurtain, had told the class to head downstairs for a final exam.
Jabre then told the teacher, “Yes, sir”.
“You meant to say, ‘Yes, sir, master,’” McCurtain allegedly replied.
Jabre’s mother, Nicholle White, told the paper that her son didn’t have the best reply.
“Who the f*ck are you talking to?” Jabre White reportedly told McCurtain. “You’re nobody’s master, and this is not the slave days.”
After contacting the school, White wasn’t told what actions would be taken against the teacher, so she went to the media.
“I have tried to be humble [with school officials],” she said. “But I also feel I need to express as a mother, and as a black woman, how I feel.”
According to the school, because of state laws they’re prevented from disclosing personnel matters and disciplinary actions. They did say the teacher was “remorseful”. White also pointed out that McCurtain called her to apologize, and said that he meant the remarks as a joke. However, she said that his apology had not sounded sincere.
School board spokesperson Phil Roeder advised White that she could file a complaint if she wanted to pursue the case, but results would take time.