Wahpeton Public School superintendent Rick Jacobson said Friday on the school’s website that a press conference will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday to discuss the recent administrative leave of an elementary school teacher.
The leave occurred following the teacher and her class were discussing Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction in the death of George Floyd. The discussion then turned to students beginning to re-enact Floyd being placed in handcuffs.
Jacobson said the school learned of the incident earlier this week.
After learning of the incident, the teacher was placed on administrative leave until an investigation into the incident has been completed.
Here is the complete statement issued by Jacobson on Friday:
Earlier this week it was brought to our attention that an activity in one of our elementary classrooms may have been inappropriate and insensitive considering the current reality of issues our country is currently dealing with. The school district was not aware of the incident until it was brought to our attention earlier this week.
As a district, we do not support or tolerate any activity that would make students uncomfortable in the learning environment. The situation is currently being investigated.
The teacher involved is on administrative leave until the investigation is complete and all information compiled. Details regarding the investigation will be released once the investigation is complete.