Middle school is hard enough with the amount a kid can get picked on by his peers. So imagine how a shy 12-year-old must have felt when her teacher called her a monkey in front of the entire class. According to ABC affiliate Pix11 it felt terrible; the girl’s mother feels she will most likely have to go to counseling.
Deborah Perkins is calling for the suspension of the teacher of who cruelly reprimanded her seventh grade daughter. When the girl, whose identity is being withheld, was caught whispering during an announcement, the teacher asked her if she was a monkey. Said Perkins, “[My daughter] was already shaking and surprised at that question. She became defensive and was forced to answer, ‘I am a monkey.'” The teacher is white.
Perkins has sat down with the assistant principal and the teacher, who apologized, but it isn’t enough. She calls the incident racist and humiliating and feels the offending teacher should be dealth with more severely. Perkins enlisted the help of community activist Tony Herbert to get the teacher removed from her position.