Davis County teacher says recent racial bias training helps

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Teachers in the Davis County School District received training last week on how to handle situations when racial slurs is used in school.

This is according to teachers who were at Tuesday night’s board meeting, where the issue was raised during public comments.

Chera Fernelius, who teaches English to sophomores in the Davis School District, said “the more we try not to talk about it, the worse it gets.”

Fernelius told council on Tuesday night that racism still exists in schools.

“It’s pronounced a lot, the N word, and other racial slurs and racial jokes are told a lot in schools,” she said.

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Fernelius said they are now trained to immediately tell the person using the insult to stop and must notify an administrator.

“It was so helpful because a lot of us want, we want this change, we want our schools to be better,” Fernelius said. “We want racism to come out of our schools.”

Fernelius doesn’t think this is unique to Davis County, but others have approached the board frustrated that the school district in partnership with the Ministry of Justice to examine allegations of racism.

A woman, who did not say whether she was the mother of a district child, told the board that inviting the federal government to partner with them was the last thing the district needed.

“The interest of schools, communities, parents, families is to protect, not invite the federal government to watch our children,” she said.

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This issue was not officially on the agenda and was raised during public comments at Tuesday night’s meeting.

On the agenda, the presentation of Dr Jacqueline Thompson, the new deputy superintendent.

Accepting the job and thanking the board for the opportunity, Thompson told the board: “My mom would have been proud and my dad wouldn’t have believed him. “


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