Malachi Pearson / Screen shot from Fox 4KC News vodeo.

Teacher Tells Black Student: When You Turn 16, Police Will Shoot You

A recent study by Washington University in St. Louis found that Blacks across the country are more likely to have been unarmed when killed by police than any other group of people. This includes incidents where police have killed unarmed Black boys before the age of 16, such as Tamir Rice at age 12.

So when an elementary school teacher in Kansas allegedly told a 10-year-old Black male student that police would shoot him when he becomes a teen due to his behavior, it brought him to tears. The words particularly resonated with the youngster because his father was a victim of gun violence.

Malachi Pearson was a fourth-grade student at Rosehill Elementary School in Lenexa, a city that is 87.9 percent white.

Last week, he said he was playing with another student and the teacher pushed them away from each other.

“She told me when you turn 16 and the police shoot you, the only person you can be mad at is yourself,” Malachi told Fox 4KC News.

“I’m crying because it’s sad that my daddy died when I was a baby,” he said.

Ten years ago, when he was only seven months old, his father was shot and killed by a civilian in Kansas City.

Mahogany Foster, Pearson’s mother, said the elementary school is “trying to sweep this under the rug.”

Foster pulled her son out of the school two days following the alleged comment by the teacher, whose race has not been disclosed.

She said the school’s district assistant superintendent called her to say the teacher was put on leave.

But Shawna Samuel, the director of communications for Shawnee Mission Schools, would not confirm that with FOX4.

“Our investigation is complete,” Samuel said. “It’s a personnel matter, and by federal law, we cannot discuss any disciplinary decisions taken against a teacher or employee.”

The Washington University study on fatal interactions with police also found that nearly 60 percent of Black women killed by police were unarmed at the time of the interaction.

“Our analysis finds that the ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ slogan of the post-Ferguson movement becomes most relevant when you also ‘say her name,'” lead researcher, Odis Johnson, associate professor of education and of sociology, said.

“Nonetheless, the odds of an unarmed fatality for Black Americans as a whole was a staggering 6.6-to-1, more than double the odds found in several other national studies completed in recent decades.”

Latest News

Census 2020 map

Biden Administration Exploring Policy Changes To Make US Census More Accurate and Inclusive of Race and Ethnicity

President Biden and the U.S. Census Bureau are hoping to revive a previously proposed policy that would allow the 2030 survey to ask more accurate questions about race and ethnicity — and by extension, improve the quality of demographic data acquired and used toward policymaking, voting districts, and enforcing civil…

Starting a Family With the Help of Capital One

Originally published at Capital One Financial ranked No. 28 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.   Kevin and his husband Craig were ready to start their family. While they had a friend offer to be their surrogate, due to same-sex surrogacy regulations in their…

Achieving Your Goals With Capital One

Originally published at Capital One Financial ranked No. 28 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.   Daniel knew he’d do whatever it took to make his dreams come true. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Daniel grew up facing a lot of obstacles, including…

Rep. Joyce Beatty

Rep. Joyce Beatty and Voting Rights Activists Arrested During Peaceful Protest in Senate Building

Protests continue across the nation’s capital in an effort to rein in racist anti-voter legislation taking place in states such as Texas, Florida, and Georgia. And now, those efforts have progressed to the level where elected officials are getting arrested for supporting every American citizen’s right to fairly and legally…