When he asked what she was doing, "She said something along the lines of it wasn't age-appropriate," James told the publication. She also picked up the portrait he had of Barack Obama, the nation's first Black president, on his desk and allegedly said, "You don't need to put this up either. The kids are too young."
He teaches kids in kindergarten through fifth grade.
"I don't know who guided her or why she took that on her own. I've never seen that in 15 years " just completely take down my board " without asking or anything," he said.
James worried that if he reported what had happened to his school's principal, the administrator would simply "sweep things under the rug." So instead, he wrote a letter describing the incident to DeSantis and Escambia County Superintendent Tim Smith.
"Am I to believe Escambia County Schools employs those that dislike African Americans?" James wrote in his letter, adding that he couldn't "work for a school, or under the umbrella of a school district, that would hire people who would condone such behavior."
In a statement issued Tuesday, Escambia County Public Schools spokesperson Cody Strother wrote that the district is conducting a full investigation. "If these allegations are deemed factual, we will certainly take corrective action, as it is our aim that all of our teachers feel valued and supported," Strother wrote.
Yup. Total inappropriate and over reaction on the teacher's part. /s