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District apologizes for teacher's comment

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 9 2014 12:05PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines school officials have apologized for a teacher's request that a black student refer to him as "master."

In mid-May, Roosevelt High School teacher Shawn McCurtain told students to move to another spot to take a final test. Senior Jabre White responded, "Yes, sir."

McCurtain than said, "You meant to say, 'Yes, sir, master.' "

The exchange left White stunned and angry. His mother, Nicholle White, also was upset and contacted school and district officials.

Principal Joseph Blazevich responded the incident was "terrible" and "shameful," but he couldn't discuss any discipline. He says the teacher was remorseful.

District spokesman Phil Roeder called the statement "wrong in every way." He says McCurtain remains an employee.

McCurtain couldn't be reached to comment.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
06/09/2014 11:59AM
District apologizes for teacher's comment
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