Jenee Desmond-Harris, The Root, September 9, 2011
A Florida teacher was suspended without pay for one day last month after making inappropriate racial comments to his second-graders, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
Sixty-year-old Billy C. Miles, who is black, reportedly told the class he didn’t want the “black people” misbehaving in public and said to the only white child in the class: “Excuse me, white boy.”
According to the child, Miles often called him “white boy” and sometimes made jokes about white people in class. A classmate said Miles sometimes told that boy to “get your white tail over here.”
The teacher provided a written statement to investigators in which he admitted addressing the children in terms of black and white but denied that his comments were racial in nature.