A fourth-grade teacher in Utah took to social media earlier this month, questioning how the parents and students in a majority-White school would react to her classroom, which she said was “built for non-White students.”
“For the first time in my life, I’m going to be teaching at a majority-White school, and I’m kind of interested to see how students and parents react to my classroom, or if they even notice anything about it, because it’s built for non-White students,” a teacher at William Penn Elementary School near Salt Lake City said.
The teacher explained that this was her first year teaching in a majority-White school and said there are “no White kids represented” in many of the elements of her classroom, including the coloring pages she offers to students.
The teacher went on to say that while some of her classroom library includes “straight, cis White men,” who she says dominate literature, but it is “overpowered” by books depicting “diverse peoples,” including characters of color and different gender identities and sexual orientations.
“I feel like some parents might have something to say about that — if my experience with posh, White parents holds true for this year. We’ll see,” she concluded.
The principal of William Penn Elementary issued a statement late Sunday night, saying it was her “personal commitment… to ensure every student feels safe and welcome” and it is “inappropriate for any employee to make students feel unwelcome in any way, shape or form.”
The principal also noted the teacher had deleted the social media post, apologized for her comments, and that the district was investigating the situation to identify whether any district policies had been violated.