A video posted on social media this week reveals a white feminine highschool trainer standing on a desk, making an attempt to get up a black male scholar by pulling on his dreads, stepping on his shoulder, and patting his cheeks. Classmates could be heard laughing as math trainer Lisa Houston — a 27-year veteran at Palmetto High School in South Carolina — stands over the coed and faucets on his desk together with her toes, telling him “wake up!” The scholar that recorded the video has the caption “Boy you better get up” and two laughing emojis.
Houston has now resigned after the video went viral, prompting main backlash. Houston’s lawyer, nonetheless, Ryan Beasley says his shopper was forced to resign or would ultimately be fired by the college district, the Impartial Mail studies.
Assistant superintendent for Anderson College District 1, Jane Harrison, stated in a written assertion, in response to Greenville Information, “The district needs our group to know that the college administration immediately conducted an inquiry into what occurred. The person has already separated as an Anderson 1 trainer. Though the district is unable to remark intimately concerning the matter, the administration took critically what occurred, and the trainer, who has had an exemplary file of educating efficiency, determined of her personal accord that she would retire in one of the best curiosity of her faculty.”
In an interview with WYFF4, Houston stated she understands how the video comes throughout, however insists there’s extra to the story.
“If you ask any kid I’ve taught, they’ll tell you I kid around with them, make them stay awake and laugh with them,” Houston advised native NBC affiliate WYFF Information four. “I know the video looks bad. If you do not know the scenario, you do not know what is going on on, but it surely was not a malicious act. It was all in enjoyable. I would like the general public to know that I like the coed, and that our rapport with one another was nice. I might have by no means performed something to harm him.”
Houston’s resignation has triggered college students, alumni, and the group in Williamston, South Carolina, to advocate for the district to rehire her. On Might four, individuals in Williamston held a rally exhibiting their anger over her resignation.
A petition has additionally launched in help of Houston, which incorporates greater than a thousand supporters.
“Lisa Houston was wrongly accused of ‘hurting’ and ‘mistreating’ a student, when all she was trying to do was have fun, wake him up, and make him LEARN,” the petition states. “ASD1 should have taken a stand behind her, and they didn’t. She deserves her job back, more than anyone else.”
Vice chairman of the Anderson College District 1, and former Palmetto Excessive College principal, Doug Atkins, has additionally resigned in protest of how his district dealt with the matter.
“I just don’t want to be associated with this kind of action,” Atkins stated, in response to the Impartial Mail. “She was a good teacher, one of the best teachers the district has, with an excellent record. I hired her myself and know what kind of person she is. The administration reacted in haste.”
Teen Vogue has reached out to Houston and the college district for remark.