Kansas Teacher Tells 10-Year-Old Student He Can Only Be Mad At Himself When Police Shoot Him At 16
Reading the headlines and watching the videos of the oppression Black people face in this country is traumatic. Seeing our brothers and sisters being disrespected, mistreated, abused and even killed affects all of us in ways we’ll likely never understand. We can see ourselves in that position. It could be any one of us. And while that fear is often unspeakable, indescribable, a White teacher in Lenexa, Kansas decided to exploit it when speaking to 10-year-old student Malachi Pearson.
Last week, Pearson and his friend were playing with each other at Rosehill Elementary School, when a teacher came over to discipline him.
Pearson told Fox 4 KC, “Me and my friend were playing, and then she like pushed us away. We weren’t fighting. We were just playing and laughing.”
After she’d separated the two, Pearson said the teacher told him, “When you turn 16 and the police shoot you, the only person you can be mad at is yourself.”
The comment would have hurt many of us but it struck a particular chord with Malachi because his father was killed from gun violence when he was just months old.
Mahogany Foster, Pearson’s mother, believes that the school could have handled the situation better. “The principal doesn’t offer me any type of comfort. He doesn’t say ‘I’m gonna get someone here to counsel Malachi to let him know that everything she said is a lie.’ I think they’re trying to sweep this under the rug.”
Foster said the Superintendent called her two days after the incident to let her know the teacher had been suspended. Since then, Foster has removed her son from Rosehill and enrolled him in another school. But she says her trust in the education system has been destroyed.
“That teacher needs to apologize to him. It’s just made me scared to send him to any school. Now, I’m really focusing on homeschooling.”
You can tell from his interview with Fox 4 KC that the comment deeply affected Malachi. Still, he said he’s trying to move on from what the teacher said.
After the story traveled to the internet, other Black people shared similar experiences of racism on Twitter.