A local high school algebra teacher has been suspended for making incredibly stupid comments to one of his students, taunting her that he bet she was grieving over Osama bin Laden's death.
What? A humor-impaired math teacher? Something new every day.
As KTRK seems to have been the first to report, the Clear Brook High teacher made the comment to an American-born student who is Muslim.
The station says the kid's mother said things happened this way:
The teacher told the student that 'I bet you're grieving.' And she basically looked at him and said what are you talking about? And he said I heard about your uncle's death and she said wow, because she understood that he was referring about Osama bin Laden being killed and was racially profiling her."
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Neither the name of the teacher or the student were released.
But the Clear Creek ISD did put out a statement:
In the Clear Creek Independent School District, we believe diversity strengthens our community and seek opportunities to celebrate the different cultures within our schools and neighborhoods. The sentiments allegedly shared by this teacher are not reflective of the staff at Clear Brook High School or anyone within the Clear Creek Independent School District. In accordance with CCISD policy, the teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a personnel investigation.
The student did the right thing and immediately notified an adult regarding the teachers' comments. The principal at Clear Brook High School notified the child's parents and has been in communication with the family.
There was no indication of what witty remarks the teacher came up with for Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday.