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2 Kings Local teachers put on leave for separate deportation comments

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Posted at 3:57 PM, Mar 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-23 16:48:10-04

DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Two Kings Local School District teachers were put on administrative leave last month for separate incidents related to comments the teachers made about deportation. 

In the first incident, a junior high school teacher made a comment about deportation to a student and "instantly realized his mistake," according to district spokesperson Dawn Gould. The teacher went directly to the assistant principal to report the incident, and also apologized to the student.

In the second incident, high school students were teasing one classmate who had just returned from being called to the office. Their teacher said, "What could be worse, being deported?" according to Gould. 

The teacher and student talked about it and cleared the air, but another student was offended and emailed the principal, Gould said. She said the teacher was placed on administrative leave and apologized to the students.

The district is working on culture responsive training for all employees after some students wore racial slurs on their basketball jerseys in a recreational league not affiliated with the district. Gould said they're working with several organizations, including the Freedom Center, to create a program for teachers that will launch next year.