A student at Camden County High School in North Carolina was having lunch in the classroom when she began discussing with her teacher items on her bucket list.
Cynthia Ramsey, who teaches math at the school, reportedly shocked the student with one of her items.
"She conveyed to me that Mrs. Ramsey had indicated that if she only had 10 days to live that she would kill all black people," the student's mother, Kimberly Ashcraft, told WAVY-TV.
Ashcraft said she was shocked when her daughter reported this to her, and she wanted to make sure that her daughter had heard the teacher correctly. "I was completely shocked," Ashcraft told WAVY-TV. "I asked her again, 'Are you sure that was what you heard?' I could not have imagined a teacher saying that.
"I conveyed to my daughter that this is a very serious allegation and I need confirmation that this did happen," Ashcraft said.
The Camden County sheriff told the news station that other students who were nearby when the comment was made confirmed the account and that the teacher was suspended without pay.
The suspension lasted only a few days.
"I was very disappointed to hear that she was back in the classroom so soon," Ashcraft told the news station.
The county sheriff has turned over his findings to the district attorney, who will decide if Ramsey will face charges. The superintendent told the news station that the matter is ongoing and that any evidence would remain confidential until the case is resolved.
Read more at WAVY-TV.