Three teachers at the Washington, D.C., public charter school Howard University Middle School of Math and Science were reportedly fired for teaching Black history lessons to their students that extended beyond the school’s yearly curriculum, according to NBC News 4.
The school, which is located on the campus of the famed Black university, has a student population of about 90 percent African American. The three instructors who allegedly went overboard in their Black history teachings gave their two-week notice last week but still received pink slips in front of their students at the new principal’s, Angelique Blackmon (pictured), command.
Ironically, Blackmon is Black.
One parent, Delrica Battle, claims there were students who witnessed the firings and were traumatized by the act telling ABC News 7, “While students are still present in the classroom? How unprofessional. These children are crying. They said they couldn’t say goodbye. The teachers are upset, the students are upset.”
Reportedly, the teachers were escorted off the school’s premises by police officers, which made the scene even more upsetting for those who witnessed it.
Blackmon, who hails from Atlanta and was just reportedly brought on board, is apparently not very popular with many of the student’s parents who have reportedly described her as being “abrasive.” One unnamed parent said that Blackmon, who had adopted Montgomery County Public Schools’ curriculum, has reportedly banned such historical topics as Kwanzaa and lessons about the late-former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry.
The D.C. Council Education Committee are now reportedly investigating the case of the terminated middle school teachers.
Watch news coverage of the firings here: