Teacher on Leave After ‘War Hooping, Tomahawk Chopping’ Dance in Math Class Sparks Outrage

A California math instructor was placed on administrative go away Thursday after a video circulated on-line exhibiting her sporting a Native American headdress and pretending to imitate native tradition by chanting.

The incident occurred at John W. North High School, a part of the Riverside Unified School District in Riverside. The footage was filmed by a Native American scholar within the class.

The instructor, who has allegedly been recognized by Yahoo! News as Candice Reed, will be seen within the video making an attempt to clarify a trigonometry idea to her college students by shouting warfare hoops, and at one level is seen making a ‘tomahawk chop’ movement along with her hand.

The instructor will be heard chanting “soh-cah-toa,” which is a pneumonic system designed to show college students the trigonometric capabilities sine, cosine, and tangent.

The video was shared on Instagram by a Native American activist, Akalei Brown, who beforehand advised Newsweek that she posted the video “on behalf of the student’s family.”

Brown additional advised Newsweek that she shared the video so that folks “could have a small glimpse into the type of abuses Native children face in U.S. schools everyday. This is not a one-off scenario …”

“We’re standing up for our children and setting a new standard for the treatment of Native people,” Brown continued.

Video of the incident was additionally circulated on different social media platforms, together with Twitter, the place it was considered over 2 million occasions.

A math instructor was filmed sporting a feather headdress and showing to mock Native American tradition throughout a category.
Instagram/Akalei Brown

After the instructor was positioned on go away, the Riverside Unified School District launched an announcement calling the actions “completely unacceptable.”

“[This is] an offensive depiction of the vast and expansive Native American cultures and practices. Her actions do not represent the values of our district. The teacher has been placed on leave while the District conducts an investigation,” the assertion mentioned.

The district additionally mentioned that it was “deeply committed to implementing inclusive practices and policies that honor the rich diversity of our district and the greater region,” and that it will “be working with our students, families, staff and community to regain your trust.”

Members of the San Bernardino Democratic Assembly additionally launched an announcement, calling the video “disheartening.”

“However, this is not an isolated incident, as such teaching practices, even in math classes, have been used across the nation. It is time that we stop this behavior,” the assertion continued.

This is allegedly not the primary time that this instructor has mimicked Native American tradition. One Twitter person, who’s reportedly a former scholar of the instructor, posted an image of her 2012 yearbook exhibiting her sporting a Native headdress.

The image’s caption states that “dancing from one end of the room to the other, math teacher Candice Reed wears an Indian headdress to emphasize geometry basics.”

John W. North High School shared this from a 2012 yearbook. This instructor Candice Reed has been doing this for awhile now. CLEARLY the varsity was totally conscious of what she’s been doing and totally permitted of this mockery. This is 2021 & we’ll discover the reality to your lies. pic.twitter.com/aPfcqQunY4

— Tyonie Tiel (@TyonieT) October 21, 2021

“CLEARLY the school was fully aware of what she’s been doing and fully approved of this mockery,” the tweet mentioned. “This is 2021 & we will find the truth to your lies.”

A push to lower offensive Native American iconography has been growing, notably amongst colleges and sports activities groups. The Washington Football Team and Cleveland’s baseball group are amongst two skilled golf equipment which have modified their identify lately.

(10/21/2021, 10:35 p.m. ET): This story has been up to date with further data.

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