Ohio Middle School Teacher Threatens 13-Year-Old With Lynching

James Marshall
January 13, 2018

"He was in class, and the teacher told him that if he didn't get on task his friends are going to form an angry mob and lynch you", said Nathan's mother, Tanisha Agee-Bell.

Agee-Bell said this happened during the first week of December, but her son did not tell her about it until a week later because he thought he might get in trouble for talking back, telling his teacher what she said was racist.

"I don't know if she's racist, but I know that what she said is racist".

She said Thole told her that she made the comment to Nathan out of frustration that he wasn't focused on his schoolwork.

"I would say, yes the teacher did confirm she said that", Tracey Carson, a spokeswoman for the Mason School District, told ABC News.

She said: "As educators, sometimes we mess up. And clearly that happened here", Carson said.

According to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), between 1882 and the rise of the civil rights movement almost a century later, more than 3,440 African-Americans were lynched due to their color. She has taken her concerns to the school district and had Nathan removed from the class.

The school district released a statement about the incident that was published by Fox19.

"For her not to understand that the words that she said were a direct pull from what has been, what was a practice in the United States, is unacceptable", Agee-Bell said, according to WLWT. "And I'm not saying she should never go back in the classroom, but until she can demonstrate that she understands what the impact of the language that she used and what she did can have, has had on my son, has on his peers and is having on our community, then she doesn't need to be in the classroom".

During the public portion of the Mason school board meeting Tuesday, officials praised a guest speaker who discussed race and empathy at the district last week. She also said the teacher misspoke and felt bad.

Thole did apologize to her class, which is mostly white students, and said her intentions were not harmful, cincinnati.com reports.

She cried remembering the way Nathan told her about the incident.

She chose to speak during a school board meeting, but the officials asked her to discuss her concerns privately afterwards.

In an interview Wednesday, Agee-Bell cried recalling the nonchalant way Nathan told her what happened.

She said two other children with parents on the council have experienced similar racially-charged situations in the last few months. School employees praised the event using the hashtag #MasonShines. She's thought about pulling her children from the district, but wants to stay and face these race-related issues head-on.

Few days ago, a youth basketball team in Warren County was banned from the league for wearing jerseys with racist names printed on the back.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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