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Mom outraged her daughter was told to pick cotton in class

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A mother in Washington is outraged a middle school teacher assigned her daughter to pick cotton in class.

Students were each given a cotton plant last Friday, to see what it was like to pick it.

Carolyn Walker believes the students were supposed to "see what it was like to be a slave."

"My daughter is African American and for her to pick cotton when her grandparents were raised on a plantation to pick cotton, is not OK, it's not OK at all, " said Walker.

Walker called the school and told them her daughter would not be doing the assignment. She says the teacher gave her daughter an "F" on the assignment.

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The Lake Washington School District says the lesson was about the Industrial Revolution. In a statement, the district wrote, "Specifically, it is about the impact that the invention of the cotton gin had on the Industrial Revolution."

Seattle TV station KIRO 7 got viewed the text book students are using. Chapter 11, the chapter the 7th graders are studying right now, is about slavery and the invention of the cotton gin.

"It's not just about my daughter, all races should not have to participate in this. It's wrong, it's absolutely wrong," added Walker.

She wants the school to drop the "cotton picking lesson" from the curriculum.

Walker will meet with the teacher and the principal on Wednesday.

Parent outraged after daughter is assigned to pick cotton

A Washington state mother is outraged a teacher at Redmond Middle School assigned her daughter to pick cotton in class.

School sorry for bully rules that include 'don't tell on bully'

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School officials in Nebraska are apologizing after sending 5th grade students home with an anti-bullying flyer that outraged parents.

The flyer that included anti-bullying tips such as:

  • Do not verbally defend yourself. We defend ourselves from enemies, so we are treating the other person as an enemy, not a friend.
  • Don't be a sore loser. No one likes a sore loser. Would you like to play with someone who gets all upset when they lose? Lose gracefully and be a good sport; kids will like you better.
  • Learn to laugh at yourself and not get 'hooked' by put-downs. Make a joke out of it or agree with the put-down. For example: 'If you think I'm ugly, you should see my sister!'
  • Do not tell on bullies. The number one reason bullies hate their victims, is because the victims tell on them. ... Tell an adult only when a real injury or crime has occurred. Would we keep our friends if we tattled on them?

Parents of the fifth-graders from Zeman Elementary School in Lincoln turned to social media to vent their rage.

Zeman Principal Donna Williams sent an electronic message to families apologizing for the flyer, and the district posted the apology on its Facebook page, but has since removed the post. (source)

A district spokeswoman told the Lincoln Journal Star that the initial flyer had not been approved and wasn't supposed to be sent home, but declined to explain how the flyer got printed several dozen times and distributed to the entire 5th grade without any adult having read it and finding it objectionable.

Pursuant to Nebraska law, Lincoln has an anti-bullying policy, which states that "Inappropriate behaviors, including but not limited to bullying, intimidation, and harassment, must be avoided by students and all staff," though it doesn't get into much detail beyond that. (source)

School bullies rip scalp of 8-year-old Georgia girl

The family of an 8-year-old Georgia girl said she was bullied so severely she had to be taken to the emergency room.Dorris Bearden said her granddaughter's hair was pulled so hard that her scalp ripped."They kept pulling it and pulling it, especially on the playground," said third-grader Aolani Dunbar. "Everybody got a chance, and I was in the gazebo sitting there crying because I have no friends to play with that will protect me." Now, there is a gaping wound on the crown of Dunbar's scalp, and her head was shaved bald to avoid infection.Her family said her schoolmates picked on her for two straight weeks because she got hair extensions. Bearden said Aolani wanted long hair so she could brush it like the other girls."She steps in the door of that school and the first thing they do is attack her and start ripping her hair out," said Bearden. Aolani's family told Willis that the girl suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, and that may have kept her from confiding in an adult earlier.Bearden said she reported incidents to the principal as soon as she discovered the injury."When I saw just the horror of it, I just started to cry," said Bearden. "I cried as I unbraided her hair and the hair fell out in my hands." Bearden said one child received an in-school suspension, but she said that punishment sends the wrong message.Doctors said the little girl may never grow hair on the injured part of her scalp again and may need skin grafts, according to Bearden.Aolani's mother and even strangers who learned of the story on Facebook have shaved their heads so she doesn't feel alone. They're also asking people to donate hair to Locks of Love so that they can make a wig for Aolani and other children in need. "It's not only a temporary effect," said Bearden. "It's something that could scar for life."She urged parents and school officials to take reports of bullying seriously.

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