Photo credits: WJAX-TV (CBS 47)
A teacher who works at a Jacksonville, Florida elementary school that is named after a prominent, historical black American figure is facing disciplinary action for what allegedly came out of her evil and racist mouth.
According to WJAX-TV, a local CBS News-affiliated media outlet based in Jacksonville, Jordan Cataldo (pictured), a teacher at Carter G. Woodson Elementary School might be out of a job. Cataldo reportedly said some terrible things as the previous school year was coming to a close this past May.
Carter G. Woodson Elementary School is a part of the Duval County public school district. Officials representing Duval County Public Schools launched an investigation of Cataldo’s acts and found that there was enough evidence to take action against her. However, punishment for Cataldo’s act will take place at a later date.
“[The Duval County public school district’s administrators will] take appropriate action [against Cataldo] in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement when school resumes for the 2017-2018 school year,” a spokesperson for Duval County Public Schools said in an official statement.
When the incident first happened, officials at the school and the school district would not elaborate on what was said. They also made sure that Cataldo remained anonymous. However, WJAX-TV was the first local news source to break the story and the media source did not leave out any details.
Tiera Ross, a parent of one of the black children who attends Carter G. Woodson Elementary gave an exclusive interview with WJAX-TV and revealed what was said by Cataldo. “[Don’t let those black kids in the school. They are] rats that will infest the class,” Ross claimed Cataldo said.
“They’re only going to amount to be a bunch of ratchet Walmart workers. That’s why their race is either dead or in jail,” Ross also quoted Cataldo as saying. WJAX-TV went to Cataldo’s home recently to get her side of the story but she would not cooperate or answer any questions.
Ross told WJAX-TV that she wants Cataldo fired. Her sentiment is probably felt by many other parents who have black children enrolled at Carter G. Woodson Elementary as well. This school is named after a black man who is known as the “Father of Black History.”
A prominent author and scholar who lived during the 19th and 20th centuries, Carter G. Woodson started “Negro History Week” in 1926. The one-week celebration went on to become the month-long February celebration Americans know today as Black History Month.