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Brainerd teacher resigns after posting racist comments on social media

The teacher posted offensive comments on Facebook over the weekend.

Brainerd Public Schools has accepted the resignation of a middle school teacher who referred to incidents during recent riots across the country as being carried out by "scary, awful blacks." 

Kara Hall, an eighth grade visual arts teacher at Forestview Middle School, will see her resignation letter reviewed at the June 8 school board meeting, according to Superintendent Laine D. Larson. 

Hall's comments were posted to Facebook last weekend, with Lakeland PBS reporting that she blamed black people for the riots, and said you didn't see white people acting in such a way.

She also used a series of offensive epithets about black people, which BMTN will not be repeating as we don't wish to provide a platform for such racist screed.

A petition through Change.org has more than 5,000 signatures as it called for Hall to be terminated, while also urging the school district handbook to make "clear and transparent in its code of conduct that racist rhetoric by educators is not tolerated."

Superintendent Larson issued a letter saying Hall's views are contrary to the district's goal to “ensure all students achieve their individual potential by providing the highest-quality programs and resources to prepare learners for an ever-changing global society.” 

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Larson added: "Brainerd Public Schools has been working systemically to create equity in all we do, from changing curriculum and instruction to training staff through research-based professional learning. We understand that there is still work to do to close gaps in learning that occur in predictable - and thus preventable - patterns according to race and socioeconomic status. This equity work remains essential and we as a school district are more committed to it than ever."

Hall's resignation comes just over week after 46-year-old George Floyd died while handcuffed by Minneapolis police. The four officers involved in the arrested have been charged, with the heaviest charge of second-degree murder filed in Hennepin County District Court against now-former officer Derek Chauvin. 

Protests and riots have followed in the days since, though mostly peaceful demonstrations have happened in the Twin Cities over the past 5-6 days after multiple nights of violent unrest fueled rioting and looting. 

Similar acts of racist behaviors have led to firings and a resignation in greater Minnesota. In East Bethel, two employees were fired for making a mockery of Floyd's arrest and death, while a mayor in northern Minnesota resigned and two firefighters in central Minnesota were terminated for posting racist memes on Facebook. 

On Thursday, the CEO Holy Land in Minneapolis said he fired his daughter after becoming aware of her racist social media posts.

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