Black America Web is reporting that the father of a black student has sued a Detroit-area school district, claiming that his daughter was racially harassed by a fifth-grade teacher's reading aloud from a book about slavery. The suit claims that Jala Petree's teacher at Margaret Black Elementary School in Sterling Heights read excerpts from Julius Lester's From Slave Ship to Freedom Road that contain racial epithets and racist characterizations, the Macomb Daily reported. The reading was from supplemental material provided by a textbook company, Freehan said, and after the reading, students were involved in what he called a "positive" discussion about the excerpts.
The suit against Warren Consolidated Schools was filed Nov. 3 in Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens, according to court records. It was filed by Jala's father, Jamey Petree, and seeks more than $50,000 in damages. District spokesman Bob Freehan told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the district hasn't been served with the suit but plans a vigorous defense. He said the excerpts were read last school year during a unit to prepare students for Black History Month. The lawyer for the Petrees claims that he tried to get answers from the school about the situation, to no avail. The lawsuit claims that the reading has "affected the conditions of learning duties and the advantages of her further education, and seriously affected her mental and emotional well-being, past, present and future." Is the father standing up for his daughter, or is he trying to exercise too much control in the classroom? What do you think?
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