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Teacher Suspended After Being Filmed Telling Class George Floyd Would ‘Still Be Alive’ If He Complied

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Teacher Suspended After Being Filmed Telling Class George Floyd Would 'Still Be Alive' If He Complied Joshua Rose/YouTube/Family Handout

A teacher from Alaska who was filmed telling her class that George Floyd would ‘still be alive’ if he complied has now been suspended.

During a Zoom class with her students from Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, a teacher referred to as ‘Ms. Gardner’ could be heard claiming that Black people would be less likely to be shot if they complied with the police.

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In a 15-minute video, which has since been uploaded to YouTube by a parent, Ms. Gardner advised her students that they should comply with officers during an arrest even if they believe they are being wrongfully arrested.

The video can be viewed below:

Although it is unclear how the discussion was sparked, Ms. Gardner began by stating that there had ‘been a lot of shootings with people of colour’, adding, ‘The reason why you don’t hear about it though is because it doesn’t fit that angry white male narrative.’

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Stating, ‘It’s not just crazy white men who do shootings’, Ms. Gardner appeared to go on to discuss the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant, justifying the force used against the teenager.

She continued to assert that although ‘it was a terrible thing for the girl to get shot’, Columbus, Ohio Police Officer Nicholas Reardon had no choice but to shoot her as officers don’t ‘have time to choose between their gun and taser’.

Ms. Gardner then went on to discuss the death of Floyd:

If George Floyd had at the beginning when they got him out of the car and went to put him in the police car, if he had just sidled into the car and slid in there and let them put his legs in, he would be alive today. You know that’s true.

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At one point in the lesson, a parent interjected and challenged Ms. Gardner, stating:

I just disagree with the conversation in whole. I feel like this is something that you know like Ms. Gardner I don’t feel like you’re really able to address with you being a white woman. You know I am a woman of colour.

Ms. Gardner responded to this by telling the parent ‘that’s where you’re wrong’, after which the parent emphasised once again, ‘I am a woman of colour’.

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As reported by KUAC, Ms Gardner has now been placed on administrative leave and the district’s human resources department will be conducting an investigation into the incident.

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence, contact Stop Hate UK by visiting their website www.stophateuk.org/talk

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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

Topics: News, Alaska, George Floyd, Teacher

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