The St. Charles County branch of the NAACP and several parents are calling for change after five teachers at an anti-LGBTQ Christian school were pictured on social media holding up giant Scrabble tiles that spelled out a racial slur, reports KSDK.
“I’m angry, I’m hurt because I trust you with my child,” said one parent with a child in the Christian School District.
The photo shows faculty from the Christian School District rearranging letters to form the racial slur, “coons.” Someone then posted it to social media. Some parents said the offending image was even posted on the school district’s website, but Principal Jake Ibbetson told 5 On Your Side Wednesday that wasn’t the case.
He said the photo was never posted to the school’s website or any of the school’s social media accounts.
“They were running around trying to spell raccoon, but they didn’t have the R and the A,” said Pastor Raymond Horry who has two children enrolled in the O’Fallon, Missouri, private school. “I don’t believe it that five Caucasian teachers, not one of them knew that. Maybe one didn’t know it, maybe two didn’t know it, but all 5 didn’t know it?”
Pastor Horry, along with other parents, said they’re speechless at how a slur like this one could be used by educators.
“He absolutely told me, ‘Mom, I’m tired of it, do what you need to do because this is not fair and I’m tired of feeling like this,'” said one parent quoting her conversation with her teenage son.
“This isn’t our school this was a mistake,” said John Smith, a graduate of Christian High School and a current basketball coach. “Everybody in the world makes mistakes, everybody in the world has faults and this is just a little fault that we’ve had. This is not our school. I truly believe that they did not know what they were posting.”
In a statement, the district said they are investigating and will take the appropriate disciplinary actions after their investigation is complete.
“We recognize that this ill-informed action caused hurt and offense to many students and families in our school and in the wider community. We offer no excuse as to why this word was used. In a statement to families last night, we apologized for the incident and sought their forgiveness. We also ask that of anyone who has been impacted by this picture,” the statement read.
“It’s a blanket statement, it’s the same thing, we always have to forgive them for their transgressions because they don’t know how to handle racial issues,” said one parent.
The school, according to LGBTNation, openly supports discrimination.
Their website states that the school teaches that marriage is “the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture” and denounces the “immorality and sinfulness of sexual relationships outside of biblical marriage and of sexual relationships between persons of the same sex.”
The statement calls being transgender one of the “spiritual consequences of the human race’s fallen condition.”
“It is our Christian conviction that renaming them cannot normalize sin and its expressions,” the site says.
The site says that “God’s Grace” is enough to help LGBTQ people “in overcoming both the practice of such activity and the perversion leading to its practice to all who confess and forsake their sin.”