School Aide Resigns After Making ‘Picking Cotton’ Remark to Students

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Linwood Elementary School in Milwaukie, Oregon (via School website).

An aide from a school in Oregon has resigned after making “inappropriate racialized comments” to students, district officials said.

The school aide, who worked at Linwood Elementary School in Milwaukie, Oregon’s North Clackamas School District, reportedly used comments about slavery and manual labor to refer to students during lunch on May 31, The Oregonian reported.

Syreeta Spencer, who is the mother of a fifth-grader that attends the elementary school, said the employee, who has remained unnamed, was reprimanding a group of students for being too noisy during lunch, according to the publication. Spencer claimed that the aide told the group — comprised mostly of students of color — that she would record their behavior and show it to their parents at graduation.

The mother reported that the situation escalated and the school employee told the students that they were fortunate they…

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