Kansas Principal Told to Apologize Over White Privilege Film

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas highschool principal who confirmed a four-minute video about white privilege to his workers was advised to apologize after a instructor complained that the video was offensive.

A faculty board member advised Tim Hamblin, principal at Derby Excessive Faculty, to apologize to his workers after he confirmed the video throughout an in-service day final month, KMUW reported.

The video featured Black writer Pleasure DeGruy discussing an incident during which she was handled in a different way at a retailer due to her race.

The Derby Excessive ladies basketball staff was proven the identical video after race-based feedback had been made to some staff members on social media final 12 months.

A instructor advised a Derby faculty board member that the video was offensive and created a hostile work surroundings. The board member advised Hamblin to apologize.

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The identify of the instructor and the board member weren’t launched.

In an e mail to the workers, Hamblin mentioned he confirmed the video so workers would pay attention to points some college students had been confronting.

“I apologize to anybody that felt the video or its content material which reference white privilege made them really feel uncomfortable, awkward, harassed, or that it created a hostile work surroundings,” he mentioned within the e mail.

District spokeswoman Katie Carlson mentioned the college board had not issued any directives concerning “movies or instructing supplies of this kind.”

A conservative majority was elected to the Derby faculty board in November.

Michael Blankenship, the board president, was one in every of two dad and mom who sued the Derby district over its masks requirement, which the brand new board has eradicated.

He mentioned in an e mail that the board helps the views of all workers and college students.

Some Derby Excessive Faculty academics in the meantime circulated a letter supporting Hamblin, saying he didn’t counsel that workers had been unhealthy individuals or attempt to disgrace anybody.

“Quite the opposite, he supplied an outlet to debate a problem that’s on the forefront of our society proper now. Derby has a checkered historical past dealing with race points. … Mr. Hamblin has at all times performed his greatest to assist us acknowledge that there’s a world exterior our bubble of white privilege. It’s time members of this board do the identical,” the letter says.

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