A Reidsville, North Carolina mother is upset after her 9-year-old son came home wearing a replica Confederate army hat he received as a reward at school.
Natasha Lea noticed Jacob was wearing a new gray hat when he got off the bus earlier this week, and a closer look revealed it was a confederate-style costume piece, according to WGHP.
Lea said, “I did not want to believe that. That the school actually let him walk around as an African American child with a Confederate cap on. This stands for a dark time in our history.”
Although the hat does not have a Confederate flag emblazoned on it, a tag inside says “Confederate” and a price of $4.95. Lea says it represents slavery and oppression whether it bears a flag or not.
Rockingham County Spokesperson Karen Hyler said in a statement, “At South End Elementary a classroom teacher rewards students with ‘big bucks’ for positive behavior.”
She continued, “Before winter break in December, the class had an auction where students could bid on different items using their big bucks. Many of the items are donated by families. One of the items for bid was a grey cap with a black bill. The cap did not feature any additional decorations.”
The statement concluded, “Ultimately, the teacher had no malicious intent offering this cap as a reward. The school has reflected on this issue and will be sure to thoroughly screen items donated to err on the side of caution that they could not be seen as potentially offensive.”
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