MOUNT CLEMENS (AP) – A Macomb County judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a man who claimed his daughter’s civil rights were violated by a fifth-grade teacher’s reading aloud from a book about slavery.
Judge John Foster on Monday threw out the suit at Warren Consolidated Schools’ request. Jamey Petree sued in 2010. His daughter was a student at Margaret Black Elementary School in Sterling Heights that year when the passages were read.READ MORE: The Detroit Demolition Department Awarding Contracts To Detroit-Based Black Owned Businesses
The lawsuit claimed racial bias and harassment. The teacher read excerpts from the award-winning book, “From Slave Ship to Freedom Road,” which contains racial epithets and racist characterizations.READ MORE: Fund Pays Back Tax Debt Of 1,600 Detroit Homeowners
Foster says the book didn’t violate the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act because it supplemented the approved fifth-grade social studies textbook and curriculum.
Attorney Scott Combs, who represents the family, says he’ll appeal.MORE NEWS: Detroit Man Charged In Connection With Son's Fatal Shooting
(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)