A teacher has been suspended for suspected racial discrimination after telling his class it was easier to teach ‘rich white kids than poor black people’.
Tim Olmstead is also alleged to have told one black girl she would end up standing on a street corner begging for money.
He is also reported to have made three black children sit at the back of the class after telling them, ‘you will never amount to anything’ and ‘you only have one parent’.
On paid leave: Sixth grade teacher Tim Olmsted has been accused of racially discriminating against his African American students at Heights Community School in St Paul, Minnesota
Officials at the Heights Community School in St Paul, Minnesota, suspended Olmstead after parents accused him of racial discrimination.
He is on paid leave while an investigation is carried out into the allegations.
One mother Latasha Tolbert said her daughter was one of five black children verbally abused in Olmstead’s sixth grade class.
Ms Tolbert said: ‘He told the whole entire class that it is easier for him to teach rich white folks than poor black people.’
Legal action: Latasha Tolbert (left) said her daughter (right) was one of five students verbally abused by Tim Olmstead because of the colour of their skin
The mother said the discrimination started in her daughter’s class months ago and claimed her child and the others were singled out at some point for the colour of their skin.
She said she met with school officials dozens of times and eventually requested her daughter be moved to a different class.
Lawyer Meg Kane,who is representing three of the families involved, said Olmsted called them ‘fat, black and stupid’.
Place of learning: Parents of some black students said their children have faced discrimination for months at the Heights Community School in St Paul
Kane has sent a letter to the school district asking for Olmstead and the school principal to be fired.
Ms Tolbert told WCCO-TV that she had no idea how an allegedly racist teacher was even allowed to work at the school in the first place.
She said: ‘There’s no need for you to work with children because there’s color everywhere.’