I know you’re asking yourself, “What in the world is happening in this photo?” Let me fill you in before I give you my opinion.
According to the Associated Press the Grambling State University president is investigating a case in which teachers at Grambling State University’s elementary school on campus put a noose around at least one child’s neck and the school newspaper’s publication of photographs of it.
Kindergarten and first-grade students at Alma J. Brown Elementary School were being taught why nooses are a symbol of racism, an article from the historically black university’s student newspaper said.
The article said the children also were being taught about the “Jena Six.”
That’s the facts according to the Associated Press.
These are my opinions
I ran across this story in the local newspaper. My first thoughts were that there was nothing wrong with teachers using the Jena Six saga as a history lesson. That was without seeing the photos.
I ran across the photos and my opinion changed instantly. I became sickened. As a former school teacher, I can quickly think of several ways this lesson could have been presented without “show and tell.” I do believe that the adults involved just didn’t use good judgement. They were stupid.
This morning Grambling’s president is meeting with the concerned parties to get to the bottom of the matter. I’m not sure any meeting is going to make sense of what is certainly gaining worldwide attention. President Judson ordered the photos off of the school’s newspaper Web site. Too late. Just as I’ve captured this photo many others have done so. There’s no taking it back.
The little girl’s life in this photo is changed forever.
Let me know your what you think about this. History lesson or stupidity?