A Pflugerville middle school Texas teacher is on administrative leave after an “inappropriate conversation” with students in which he expressed his belief that his race is superior to others.
In videos posted to social media of a Bohls Middle School classroom, an unnamed, white Texas teacher and students are seen discussing race before a student asks, “So, you are a racist?” The teacher responds: “Yeah, how many times do I gotta say it?”
It is unclear how the topic came up, but videos posted by parents and students from inside the diverse classroom show a confrontation about how race plays into grades, who is allowed to use the restroom and the teacher’s belief that people are dishonest about their views on racial superiority.
Across several videos students react in shock at the teacher’s statements, with some students later saying they lost respect for him after he said everybody is racist at some level, to which one of the students responds, “I’m not racist though, I like all types of kinds.”
Posted by the parent of the student featured in the video, an Instagram post about the encounter has received more than 200,000 likes and thousands of comments from surprised, dismayed and frustrated followers.
On Friday, a statement released to media outlets by Bohls Middle School principal Sharon Churchin and Pflugerville schools Superintendent Douglas Killian said the district was aware the “inappropriate conversation” occurred earlier in the week during an advisory class.
“This interaction does not align with our core beliefs as a district. The video of the conversation includes statements that we find wholly inappropriate,” the statement reads. “The advisory activity was inappropriate, inaccurate, and unacceptable. This type of interaction will not be tolerated in PfISD schools.”
According to the statement, the school district Human Resources department is beginning an investigation into the incident.
Additionally, counselors and administrators are available to talk with students, the statement said.