Judge dismisses lawsuit over reading about slavery

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.
AP Wire
Nov 4, 2012


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.

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.

Foster said 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, said he'll appeal.



This is nothing more than an attempt to make money. The curriculum was approved and... I hate to break it to this man but... slavery happened. Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it. This is why we teach history!


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