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Bernard Awtrey Middle School in Cobb County, Georgia, on September 18, 2019 | WGCL-TV

Cobb County Teacher Fired After Writing Note Describing Black Children as Devils

In Cobb County, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, an unnamed substitute teacher was fired after Black children took photos of a note, she allegedly wrote describing Black children as devils and white children as angels.

The students showed the note to their parents, who tipped off CBS Atlanta affiliate WGCL-TV. The parent who told CBS has a son at Bernard Awtrey Middle School, where the teacher wrote the note.

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In a Facebook post, the parent who contacted WGCL said, “And please, if you’re reading this … don’t say how you’re sorry this happened to my son who is a straight A student, comes from a two-parent household and flies planes in his spare time. Instead, think about how you can remove your unconscious bias and racist motives before you step out of your home and engage with anyone who doesn’t look like you.”

The school district said the teacher was fired “after Awtrey administration was made aware of inappropriate comments about both black and white students. The District doesn’t tolerate any adult we employ making comments of any kind which are disrespectful in any way.”

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Cobb County is majority white. It is 62.21% white and 24.96% Black. Kennesaw, the city where Bernard Awtrey Middle School is located, is 58.9% White and 22.3% Black. Of the Cobb County School District’s seven board members, three are people of color and four are white. There is only one woman on the board.

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