Tuesday, February 07, 2017
The flag that may no longer be seen
A Folsom teacher accused of “racially insensitive behavior” has retired, the Folsom Cordova Unified School District said at a board meeting Thursday night.
Sutter Middle School teacher Woody Hart, who has been with the district since 1999, has come under fire twice since November.
After a Confederate flag was found hanging in his classroom Tuesday night, Hart was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday.
“We recognize that regardless of context, to many of our students, families, and staff, the Confederate flag is a racist symbol of hate,” the school district said in a statement Wednesday.
The flag was hanging in a classroom across from a Civil War Union flag, “potentially in preparation of a history activity,” the district said. It was taken down before class began Wednesday.
"We just came in and we saw the Union flag on one side of the room and the Confederate flag on the other side of the room," Hart's student Ana Kneisley said.
Kneisley pointed out the Confederate flag is in her text book and said the hanging flags were part of a lesson, where students were members of the two armies.
"I actually very much appreciated the way he taught history," Kneisley said. "I felt that we were getting more involved than what our other classes did."