Mason teacher admits to making lynching comment to student

Rodiano Bonacci
Gennaio 13, 2018

"His teacher had told him that if he didn't get back on task, that his friends were going to lynch him, and we thought he must have misunderstood", Agee-Bell said of the moment her son told her what happened.

"I told her, 'Next time you're frustrated are you going to call him a n*****?'" she said.

Agee-Bell said she too believes her son is courageous is and proud of him for speaking out. The young teen told his mother that Thole said he would face a lynch mob if he didn't turn in his work.

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.

"As educators, sometimes we mess up", Carson said. "And clearly that happened here", Mason Schools spokeswoman Tracey Carson said.

Between 1882 and the height of the civil rights movement almost a century later, more than 3,440 African-Americans were lynched in the USA, according to the NAACP's website.

School officials said the teacher, Renee Thole, who has been employed at the school since 2004, admitted making the racially insensitive comment to Nathan.

"For me, that's enough for her, as a social studies teacher especially, to be removed from the classroom", Agee-Bell said.

Agee-Bell, a member of the school district's diversity committee, said Nathan waited about a week before telling her what occurred.

Nathan is no longer in her class. Thole, however, is still teaching, and that angers Agee-Bell.

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Teacher accused of telling student he would be lynched if he didn't finish tasks

Thole did apologize to her class, which is mostly white students, and said her intentions were not harmful, reports.

"I said to him, (redacted) get to work", Thole wrote. "That's not satisfactory at all", she said.

She was thinking about how she doesn't let Nathan play with Airsoft guns because of fears their neighbors might call the cops.

In an interview Wednesday, Agee-Bell cried recalling the nonchalant way Nathan told her what happened.

"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.

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. School employees praised the event using the hashtag #MasonShines.

She made a decision to speak during a school board meeting, but the officials asked her to discuss her concerns privately afterwards.

She said two other children with parents on the council have experienced similar racially-charged situations in the last few months. As a district, we want to be very clear.

News of her son's experience came only days after a neighboring youth basketball team in Warren County was kicked out of its league for putting racist names on the back of their jerseys.

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