A New York City school teacher has been fired after allegedly forcing three black students to lie on the ground while she stepped on their backs, in a lesson on slavery gone terribly wrong.
Patricia Cummings allegedly told three students at a predominantly black and Hispanic school in The Bronx to lie down to illustrate conditions on a slave ship, after which she stepped on their backs to show ‘what it’s like to be a slave,’ in January.
Cummings had first been reassigned and then suspended pending termination from Middle School 118 in The Bronx, which became official on Friday.
‘Ms. Cummings was terminated based on the results of this investigation and a review of her overall performance as an educator,’ City Department of Education spokesperson Doug Cohen said.
Cummings has denied that she stepped on the students’ backs.
‘We are not going to let them ruin our client’s life and career,’ her attorney, Tom Liotti, told the New York Post.
Cummings filed a lawsuit against the city of New York in September, claiming she is the victim of ‘reverse racism,’ seeking $120 million in damages. Her lawyer claimed her lawsuit could be worth $1 billion.
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Source: Daily Mail