The mother of a black student has sued a school district in Macomb County claiming that her daughter was racially harassed by a fifth-grade teacher’s reading aloud from a book about slavery.

The Macomb Daily reports the suit claims Jala Petree’s teacher at Margaret Black Elementary School in Sterling Heights read excerpts from “From Slave Ship to Freedom Road” that contain racial epithets and racist characterizations.

The suit against Warren Consolidated Schools was filed Tuesday in Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens by Jala’s mother, Jamey Petree. It seeks more than $50,000 in damages.

The Associated Press left a phone message seeking comment from the school district.

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  1. Kelly says:

    I think this is absolutly rediculous. Its always the race card and nothing can be taught in school anymore because someone is always getting offended. Look at the Pledge of Allegiance for example, that cant and hasnt been said in school in forever because it has the word “GOD” in it. Most people do beleive in some type of god, but just because that one person dosnt and gets offended by it, we all need to change for them. Tell all these crazy parents that have issues with everything to keep there child at home and home school them!!!

  2. Lee says:

    Lady, give me a break. Pulling the race card about something that did happen years ago against blacks is bull. Are children supposed to grow up and know nothing about history ? Give it a break and let your child learn instead of you trying to make money for yourself. Would you rather you child learn the truth from a school teacher or off of the street hearsay ?

  3. D3 says:

    This is History. It happened! It shouldn’t have happened but it did. Lets remember those who suffered and died in bondage. Because if we remember we can learn from the mistakes of others. If you don’t learn from history you are condemed to repeat it.

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