May 26, 2010

Lumpkin County wasn't the only place where students dressed up in Ku Klux Klan outfits last week. It happened in Gwinnett County, too.

A spokeswoman for Gwinnett County schools told the AJC that Stephanie Hunte, an 8th-grade social studies teacher at Sweetwater Middle School in Lawrenceville, allowed her students to wear KKK robes as part of a re-enactment last Thursday. Another teacher saw the students preparing for the re-enactment and told an administrator.

"The administrator told [Hunte] that this type of activity was not appropriate and would not take place," spokeswoman Sloan Roach wrote in an e-mail.

However, school officials learned this week that Hunte had allowed "this same activity" in another class the day before, according to Roach.

"As a result of this information, we have launched a Human Resources investigation into the matter," Roach told the AJC. "Ms. Hunte, who has been with GCPS since August 2006, was told to report to the Central Office this morning."

Today is the last day of school. No disciplinary action has been taken.

Roach wrote that the re-enactment occurred as part of a social studies curriculum that covers "parts of our nation's history, including Reconstruction, key political and social changes and the civil rights movement."

The Gwinnett and Lumpkin cases are notable for their similarities, but also for one key difference: Hunte is black; the teacher in the Lumpkin County incident, Catherine Ariemma, is white. source

Again, I don't have a problem with this.  My only question is, "Where the hell are they getting the robes from?"  Did the KKK open up a consignment shop in Georgia and ain't nobody told me?  I'm just saying....


  1. I haven't fully read the articles. But what are they reenacting?? Was there a class play or something? When the clan wore their hoods, they weren't being nice guys. Why would the kids reenact anything the klan does? It's history and yeah they should know about it, but I don't understand the purpose for any reenactments.

  2. I really don't understand why so many people are upset with these teachers. They should be upset if the students dressed in suits, cause that's the new Klan. Men dressed is suits, now that's what black folks should be afraid of, not something that happen in history.

  3. I'm with Johanna on this, to a degree. I don't understand why the teacher thought it was a good idea to re-enact this stuff, there's no context to give an informed judgement though. All history needs to be taught. Especially inclusion of the consequences.