A white New York City teacher is beneath heat following the report which says she singled out black students and ordered them to laze on the ground through a recitation on U.S. slavery.
The teacher, named Patricia Cummings from Middle School 118 in the Bronx, later supposedly climbed on the back of at least one black student to confer her what slavery seemed like.
Cummings picked the act during various seventh-grade social studies classes around two weeks ago, the New York Daily News published.
“It was a lesson about slavery and the Triangle Trade,” the newspaper was told by one of Cummings’ students, who said the teacher commanded three black students to lay on the floor in front of the class. “She said, ‘You see how it was to be a slave?’ She said, ‘How does it feel?’”
When one of the students told she thought fine, Cummings advanced on her.
“She put her foot on her back and said ‘How does it feel?’” the student told. “‘See how it feels to be a slave?’”
A different student stated the “lesson” followed a display of a video of laborers being hit, beaten and driven over the rear of a ship.
The student said the Daily News that Cummings ruled “the length and width [of the students on the floor] to show how little space slaves had on the ship. It was strange.”
Cummings, who has served in city schools since 2016, was reportedly dismissed from her post for a couple days after the event but came back to class on Thursday.
She was appointed to a job that had her apart from children later that day after the city Education Department was communicated by correspondence about the history teaching.
“While the investigation has not been completed, these are deeply disturbing allegations, and the alleged behavior has no place in our schools or in society,” Toya Holness, a spokeswoman for the Education Department, said the Daily News.
MS 118 Principal Giulia Cox declined to comment.
The student body at Middle School 118 is 81 percent black and Hispanic and just 3 percent white.