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White Teacher Feels ‘Threatened’, Filed A Non-Emergency Police Report Against Black 5th Grade Boy in Seattle

A white teacher at Van Asselt Elementary School in Seattle called the police on a Black student in her 5th-grade class. The instructor is a 27-year old white woman, and the boy is 11-years old.

The incident happened this past May.

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According to the Seattle Times, the teacher called the police after she said she was threatened by the boy to file a non-emergency report. She claimed the 5th-grader threatened to beat her up and she feared for her safety. In a recording of the 911 call, the dispatcher questioned the severity of the situation. The teacher stated the incident took place two hours before the call and that she wanted to file a “non-emergency” police report. When the dispatcher asked her did she fear for her safety, she confirmed she did. However, she disclosed that the boy didn’t make any aggressive movements towards her, just that he “puffed his chest.”

“I have a student in my class who is age 11 and said that he didn’t care that I was a woman, that he was going to beat the **** out of me,” the teacher told the dispatcher. “And he made an advance on me like he was going to do that.”

Even though the teacher claimed she felt unsafe after her claim of being threatened, she didn’t allow him to leave class after the incident.

The 911 call is below.

Educators and families at the Van Asselt school were outraged by the teacher’s actions. They accused her of practicing “racial bias.” Administrators at the school tried to persuade the unidentified woman to take another course of action, but she proceeded with the call against the recommendation of school officials.

Megan Isakson, another white teacher at Van Asselt, stated: “The visit from police cast a ‘heavy’ mood over the school, which is 40% black.”

On Monday, Principal Huyen Lam sent a letter to the staff and parents of students who attend the school. She stated she was “aware that the incident was being held up as an example of racial bias in the community.”

The staff held an open discussion regarding the implications of Black students coming in contact with police and the school’s responsibility to acknowledge and dismantle ingrained racism and bias against those students.

Manuela Slye, the co-president of the Seattle Council Parent Teacher Student Association (SCPTSA), was incensed by the teacher’s actions.

“This screams school-to-prison pipeline,” Slye said.

Even, Jimmy Hung, the head of the Juvenile Division of the King County Prosecutor’s Office weighed in on the teacher’s decision to call the cops on a 5th-grader.

“Our American culture and society have become too reliant on our criminal-justice system being the means of accountability,” Hung said. “When I was younger, if I was being stupid, the adults handled it, the schools handled it, and there wasn’t the idea that the police would be called.”

The police did eventually come to the school, but the teacher decided not to press charges. She felt the administration would punish her.

The school district claimed they “resolved” the issue with the 5th-grader’s family. The district also announced a plan to offer de-escalation training at the school.

6 Comments

  1. Interesting example – key teaching white folks moment: teacher was unaware that police involvement would mean very different things to a black child, where police have been the primary agent used for forceful social control for generations. Here, I fault the school – teacher should have mentors, another teacher or helping services worker, to call on if they are tired and don’t know how to manage a situation. It’s not uncomon to feel physically afraid of one of their students. This does not mean the student is dangerous, just that the teacher needs help, ideas, reassurance, practice as they learn how to handle such a fear (which the student played off, when he saw it in her). A black teacher, or someone more experienced, would just raise an eyebrow, look the boy in the eye, and say nothing, or tell him he’d better focus on his homework assignment, or he’ll find himself too far behind to catch up. Tell him he’s being disrespectful, and just go on to your next task. It’s not a threat just because threatening words are used. As a school bus driver, I remember opening the bus door to see a 7 year old black boy standing outside it, hands on his hips, saying, “I’ll Drive”! Did I act as if I believed him? no….. did he believe himself, no… words are used in banter sometimes making fun of the situation, or a person’s manners, in this case, of me as a small white woman bus driver. It is not serious, without lots more physical action. As a general rule, one should avoid getting blocked in, so no exasperated situations feel dangerous. Usually, if brief correction does not work, say this is not acceptable, and leave. Any conversation can happen the next day, in a different setting with parent or principal, school social worker, older friend – present. If there are issues of resentment, they can be aired in that setting, not in a time of bluffing.

  2. No .. her resigning is not the problem. As a White Racist, she is doing what is natural to her!
    You have white racist throughout the system. WORSE in the schools where they are teaching YOUR children to be less than who they are.
    THE Problem is Black People will not bring themselves together as a force as a community as a Nation to build their own schools and teach their own children.!!!! Therefore deserving what you get!!! YA STILL SLEEP!!!! BY THE WAY,,, ARE You Still Singing We SHALL OVERCOME SOMEDAY while they destroy your children and murder your men?

  3. WHERE IS THE BLACK CHURCH? WHERE IS THEIR VOICE? THEY USE WE ARE PRAYING AS AN EXCUSE TO DO NOTHING BECAUSE THEY ARE FEARFUL OF LOSING MASSA DOLLARS AND APPROVAL. God Forbid if they even Preach The Actual Truth of the Bible. The white man will destroy their church which the White man owns in America Anyway. Lets did deep and stop playing these false games. Let’s take a look at the root and nature of the animalistic nature of the European and how this demonic force overtook Gods true chosen people, original people, OH. how foolish and Blind Black people are from the Continent to this day. https://youtu.be/fXG69mlzf84 I don’t think WE as a people will ever wake up. And those who have become successful have no real concern just as MASSA planned it to be. Brainwashed.

  4. Its time to dig deep into the essence of what the root of this demonic evil is and its source. More, who the true People of God are and how the African in America has been brainwashed, fooled, deceived, manipulated and controlled. How and why they brainwash us to destroy each other by any means necessary and leave our people open to murders by white racist males who are intimated by Black people and the laws that are not designed to protect Black people but designed to protect White European racist in this country. The European law protects the White racist enabling him to murder Black males especially. WAKE the hell up Black America. https://youtu.be/fXG69mlzf84

  5. Evelyn Miller

    If this teacher is scared of black people, she should resign from her position. If she doesn’t have the presence to deal with an 11-year old student, then she is in the wrong occupation. Was the student wrong – yes. Was the teacher wrong – absolutely yes. So many other avenues could have been implemented. But, calling the police shouldn’t have been the first line of defense in this situation.

  6. I deal with this issue frequently at the minority serving institution and in the “minority” majority geography where I work. I constantly have to confront “frightened” white people and ask what exactly the person did, beyond being a person of color, to make them afraid. There are almost never any threats, acts of aggression, or even questionable behavior. It is almost always a response of, “We disagreed on this topic, and, well, you know…” No. I don’t know. Kudos to the folks who called this out. We must continue to do this at every opportunity.

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