Somers School District superintendent shuts down lesson on racism after parents’ complaints

A teacher at Somers High School was teaching using the book, “Me and White Supremacy,” by Layla Saad.

News 12 Staff

Nov 3, 2022, 12:11 AM

Updated 569 days ago

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A superintendent shut down a lesson on racism in a 10th-grade English class after getting complaints from parents. 
A teacher at Somers High School was teaching using the book, “Me and White Supremacy,” by Layla Saad. It’s a workbook that encourages people who have white privilege to journal about their views on racism.  
News 12 was told some students messaged their parents about the lesson and then parents contacted the Somers School District superintendent, who stopped the class mid-lesson. The superintendent says he agrees the lesson was inappropriate. 
Some parents say the lesson was over the top, while others say it's perfectly fine to challenge students on uncomfortable topics. 
"I am certainly glad that they're looking at the lesson to make sure it wasn't harmful to any group of people. I'm not sure that a class needed to be shut down or if it's something that could have been handled afterward,” says parent David Cutler.


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