A teacher who works at
Merrol Hyde Magnet School (UPDATE: 10-17-2018 the school is actually Valor Voyager Academy) in Tennesse is being called out for her racism against Asians. A mother of a 10-year-old Asian girl went on Twitter to detail the racism her daughter has received from the teacher. @LovelyLearynn tweeted on October 5, 2018, “My daughter has been crying for 3 hours straight. Suspended for the “oriental things” in her hair! The teacher said they were a threat to the other kids. The teacher Ms. Shonterikka Williams, has been discriminatory before.”
The “oriental things” in her hair refers to hair sticks. @LoveylLearynn’s daughter was pulled out of her classroom and taken to the principal’s office after some students told the teacher that the hair sticks looked dangerous. @LovelyLearynn claims the art teacher, Ms. Shonterikka Williams said, “The oriental things have pointy ends and counts as weapons.”
@LoveyLearynn told the teacher that “oriental” was a discriminatory word and racist. But the school did not care and suspended her fifth-grade daughter for bringing “weapons” to school.
This wasn’t the first time that Ms. Shonterikka Williams is alleged to be racist against Asians. A few weeks before the hair sticks incident, the teacher asked her students to draw a self-portrait. @LoveyLearynn’s daughter did the project but got a racist note from the teacher. The teacher wrote, “Okay, but a little less ch**ky!”
We have reached out to the parties involved but have not received a reply yet. Interesting enough, Ms. Shonterikka Williams, on her now private Instagram account shon.williams1, wrote Pro LGBT No human is illegal. I guess Asians don’t count. We’ll update you if any further news develops.
UPDATE: 10-10-2018 The teacher has been fired. The full story can be read here.
UPDATE: 10-17-2018 The school she worked for is Valor Voyager Academy, not Merrol Hyde Magnet School