A Virginia chemistry teacher was “released” from his duties after asking students to describe how George Floyd was killed.
According to the Washington Post, an unidentified chemistry teacher put a question on an assignment that read, "George Floyd couldn't breathe because a cop pinned his ____ George on the back of his neck."
The correct answer was "neon", a chemical element. It's not clear why the teacher used Floyd in the question.
The faculty became aware of the issue after students complained.
Frank Bellavia, spokesman for Arlington Public Schools, said the teacher had "been released from teaching pending an investigation".
Superintendent Francisco Durán also sent the following message to staff and parents: “During a class exercise, an H-B Woodlawn [secondary] teacher shared an example with students who showed significant racial insensitivity. The content referred to the unacceptable and pointless murder of George Floyd, which hurt and alarmed our students, staff, families and the community. "
He added, "The reference demonstrated extremely poor judgment and an obvious disregard for African American life."
The Headmaster of H-B Woodlawn will meet with staff and students.
According to school data published online, 4.4 percent are black and almost 58 percent are white
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On May 25, George Floyd died after Derek Chauvin knelt him on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes. Two other officers helped while one stood by and watched. His death sparked protests and demonstrations in the US and abroad highlighting the injustices of black men and women killed by law enforcement officers.
In June, Chauvin was charged with first degree murder, while the other three officers involved in Floyd's death – J. Alexander Kueng, Tou Thao and Thomas Lane – were charged with aiding and abetting second degree murder and aiding and abetting second degree manslaughter. All four officers were released from their positions with the Minneapolis Police Department.
All men are now on bail. Chauvin has reportedly been allowed to leave the state of Minnesota for "security reasons". The trial for all four men is currently scheduled for March 2021. It has not yet been determined whether all four will be tried together or separately.
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