Candice Reed a math teacher was caught in a video wearing a fake Native American headdress while trampling around the classroom has been doing the same weird trigonometry lessons for almost a decade.
Based at John W. North High School in California, the Riverside Unified School District said in a statement that he was on leave due to Native American’s “totally unacceptable and unpleasant portrayal.”
However, the teacher was depicted in a similar fake helmet in a 2012 yearbook photo.
Below the photo of the 2012 Yearbook is a quote allegedly said by Reed. “When I talk about math along the way, I think it’s like a storage device. It may last forever.”
Reed is seen in a video that creates a Tomahawk chopping motion while chanting “soh-cah-toa,” a commonly used mnemonic device that helps students learn sine, cosine, and tangent trigonometric functions. ..
She was disciplined after the video was watched nearly 6 million times on social media, causing anger, demanding Reed to lose her job, and protesting from the community and Native Americans outside high school.
How to deal with the school district
The Riverside Unified School District warned Reed’s actions in a statement released Thursday, stating that “her actions do not represent the value of our school district.”
“The Riverside Unified School District emphasizes the fairness and inclusiveness of diversity and does not tolerate action on these values. We respect the rich diversity of the district and the wider region. We are committed to implementing good practices and policies. We work with students. Family, staff, and the community regain your trust. “
The school district did not nominate a lead in the statement, but she was taken out during a social media and Thursday board of education meeting.
She was put on vacation while the district was investigating the issue, but it is unclear whether it was paid or unpaid vacation.
Her contact information was then removed from the school district’s website, and when US Sun tried to contact her, she returned the message “Address not found.”
Thursday Board of Education Meeting
At the school board meeting on Thursday, some community leaders, parents, graduates, and students spoke. Most of the speakers who discussed this issue asked the school district to dismiss Reed.
A young Native American student said, “Candice Reed, I’m angry with her. When I watched her video, I felt like I was going to explode. She’s been doing this for a long time. increase.
“Maybe it was a video that was released the other day, but long ago someone reported that she had been doing this all the time.
“She is a racist and it makes me so angry. I and my people don’t have our rights yet. I’m so sad. We’re still for it. “I’m fighting,” she wipes tears from her eyes, pauses and collects herself.
“I don’t like how people treat us. They treat us badly, bully us, and nothing has happened for a long time. You do things. It has the power to change, but it’s not.
“I just want me and my people to have rights. We protested, went to meetings and spoke loudly, but nothing happened.”
Another speaker read comments from his friend Joshua Thunder Little, a PhD candidate for Native American Studies at UC Riverside and a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation, and said Reed’s behavior was “terrible.” I did.
“The harm she caused to indigenous peoples continues the racist problems that indigenous peoples must face in the American education system.”
Board of Education President Tom Hunt told the speaker not to say the teacher’s name, but he still couldn’t stop speaking Reed’s name on the eight-hour board.
“We would like to thank everyone for their concern & tremendous showing of support worldwide. We do humbly ask that all protests at Candice Reed’s home STOP IMMEDIATELY! Please redirected your frustrations & concerns toward the School District! This problem is deeper than CR. The root of the problem is a profound lack of education about Native Americans. We need to implement Native History into curriculums Nationwide to effect real change! -Aho”
To the protestors, the local tribes in the area are issuing statements. They were not consulted by Anyone before protests took place. We have protocols for everything including protesting! There are repercussions for everything and thats why we consult the local tribes first. It’s protocol. I don’t know if anyone has considered the safety of the indigenous students at the high school, but you really should! Mahalo for your time, care and consideration! 🤙🏽
Parents of the Native American Student
-Akalei Brown @corn_maiden_designs
We are truly grateful to all the people who are standing by this youth. It took guts to do what he did and he deserves to be supported. 🙏🏽
School Board Contacts:
Mr. Thomas R. Hunt II
Mr. Brent Lee
Dr. Angelo Farooq
Mr. Dale Kinnear
Principal Jodi Gonzales
Phone (951) 788-7311, ext. 63200
Deputy Superintendent Tim Walker
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Ryan Lewis.
Superintendent of RUSD Renee Hill
Phone (951) 788-7131