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February 10, 2019, 21:07 GMT / Updated on February 11, 2019, 16:32 GMT
By Janelle Griffith
A school district in Long Island, NY, has announced that it has taken "appropriate measures" against college teachers to display "racially offensive images" of knots in a classroom class, prompting community leaders to call for their cessation.
One photo, part of a larger collage exposed in a classroom, showed two flowing nodes under the term "back to school necklaces". The words "ha" and "#yes" also appear on the photo.
The Roosevelt School District said this weekend in a statement that he was aware of the "inappropriate behavior" of an "isolated group of teachers" at the Roosevelt Middle School.
"The education council was informed of this incident on Thursday, February 7, 2019," said the district. "An investigation was immediately opened and appropriate measures taken."
A photo posted inside a classroom shows two knots denominated "back to school necklaces" at Roosevelt Middle School in New York on February 7, 2019.Courtesy by Arthur L. Mackey Jr.
Arthur Mackey Jr., a pastor at Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cathedral in Roosevelt, shared the photo on Facebook Saturday. He said that a color teacher who worked in college – and did not want to be named publicly – shared the photo with him.
"Once that was brought to my attention and I saw the picture, we knew we had to get up and inform the public," Mackey told Good King News Sunday. "All we ask, is after a thorough investigation, that whoever is involved in this racist image be fired."
Mackey confirmed that he was confirming the authenticity of the photo with other school teachers before contacting the administrators this weekend.
The district said in his statement that he had "zero tolerance for displaying shocking images of a racist nature", adding that he was unable to comment further "as he s & # 39; 39, is a question of personnel ".
Laura Gillen, Supervisor of the City of Hempstead Sunday said teachers should be held at a higher level and the district should "immediately dismiss" the person in charge of the presentation.
"A clear message needs to be sent: there is simply no room in our schools and in our society for this type of racist, hateful and insensitive images," Gillen said.
As of the 2017-2018 school year, Roosevelt Middle School has 55% Hispanic or Latino students and approximately 45% Black or African-American students. Department of Education of the State of New York.
Mackey, a resident of Roosevelt forever, said that Roosevelt's school system was under state control from 2002 to 2013. It was the first district in New York to be taken over by the government. 39; State. C & # 39; was removed from the state department list schools "in difficulty" in 2016.
"We have come a long way with their notes," said Mackey. "For a teacher, doing this is a humiliating situation."