Suzette Henderson is a mother of a 9th grader at Hough High School in Charlotte, North Carolina and is quite upset with a gym teacher’s comments about her son’s skin color.
Last month, according to Henderson, her son’s gym teacher, Meghan Beltz, made an off the cuff remark about skin color and cancer. The incident wasn’t brought up until a meeting between her son, an administrator and the teacher.
“That’s when the PE teacher, Miss Beltz, spoke up and said, ‘Yeah, we were having a discussion in class about different types of cancer and being in the sun and I told Daron dark as he is if he stays in the sun a lot he’s going be nothing but a shadow,'” Henderson said.
Henderson said the son only laughed at the joke because he was embarrassed and didn’t want to look as though he was hurt. Beltz did offer an apology, but according to Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, the gym teacher has been suspended with pay pending an investigation.
“If you can’t teach everybody on an equal basis, you don’t need to be teaching at all,” Henderson said. “You need to find something else to do.”