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White Teacher Made Black Students Say ‘Yes, Sir, Master’ When Adressing Him

An Iowa teacher is being investigated after he allegedly told a black student to say “Yes, sir, master” when addressing him.

According to student Jabre White, he and his teacher, Shawn McCurtain, had a confrontation at Roosevelt High School after the teacher told his class to go downstairs to take a test.

White says he replied by saying “yes, sir.” According to The Des Moines Register, McCurtain replied “you meant to say, ‘yes, sir, master.’”

White says that’s when he snapped, especially because McCurtain was just a substitute for their actual teacher.

White says he replied “who the f*** are you talking to? You’re nobody’s master, and this is not the slave days.”

Despite having earned numerous academic rewards, the school actually held up White’s graduation because of that incident and his mother is outraged.

After contacting the principal, Nicholle White forced the school to investigate.

Principal Joseph Blazevich reportedly told White that “the instructor was very remorseful.”

White told The Des Moines Register “I have tried to be humble. But I also feel I need to express as a mother, and as a black woman, how I feel.”

The teacher is still employed at the school and it’s unclear what, if any, punishment he will receive. School district spokesman Phil Roeder said “to put it mildly, it was wrong in every way you look at it,” but couldn’t expand because district discipline against teachers must be kept confidential.

White has reached out to the school board and believes that the matter has been handled too lightly. According to The Des Moines Register, “she thinks the teacher needs to undergo diversity training – or if he’s already had some, more.”

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  • 2Smart2bGOP

    “Yes, sir.” No problem with that; I will tell the kid who pumps my gas, “thank you, sir,” as I drive off. “Master”? I call NO ONE master….

  • elaine stenzel

    that teacher should be FIRED!!

  • Terry DeCarlo

    Definition of MASTER:

    1 a (1) : a male teacher

    The very first definition of “master” in Merriam-Websters Dictionary.

    Google it you crazy over-reacting fools. ♥ ♥ •.•´¯`¸.•.•´¯`•.•

    • Raina Smith

      So make sure your kids say it!

  • Patrick John Blackburn

    Highly unlikely this actually happened. Likely a Tawana Brawley type moment.

    • pinkylee48

      I would tend to believe the kid. From all appearances the administration has taken care of it. For some reason, some people have not moved beyond 1850.