Mike Stunson, The State, March 4, 2021
A local branch of the NAACP and some students are upset after a group of Missouri teachers spelled a racial slur during a game of human Scrabble, according to media reports.
The photo, which McClatchy News is not sharing, shows five teachers from the Christian School District in O’Fallon, Missouri, holding up five letters that spell a derogatory term for Black people.
“They were running around trying to spell raccoon, but they didn’t have the R and the A,” Pastor Raymond Horry, a parent in the school district, told KSDK. “I don’t believe it that five Caucasian teachers, not one of them knew that. Maybe one didn’t know it, maybe two didn’t know it, but all five didn’t know it?”
An investigation is underway and “appropriate disciplinary action” will occur, the school district said.
The St. Louis County Branch of the NAACP said “there needs to be severe and swift punishment for this racist behavior.”