By Jason Patterson | United States
Josie Orihuela, a student at Hampton Middle School near Atlanta, began recording on her phone when sixth-grade teacher Johnetta Benton began screaming about the president.
“When my president says let’s Make America Great Again when was he talking about?” Benton asked on tape, stating that he must be referring to when “[America] was great for Europeans.”
“Because,” Benton continues, “when it comes to minorities, America has never been great for minorities.”
Early this month a similar issue happened in the same town where a teacher requested students write letters to their lawmakers demanding gun control.
Orihuela said Benton made the comments as she was introducing a video to celebrate Black History Month.
“It kept getting worse and worse,” she stated.
Though not captured on the audio played by Huntsman, Orihuela said that at one point, Benton surmised aloud that “Make America Great Again” could be a precursor to “trying to bring back segregation.”
In 1954, the Supreme Court – led by Chief Justice Earl Warren – outlawed school segregation in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.
Orihuela also said she showed her mother the tape, and that they both were shocked by Benton’s words.
Henry County School District spokesperson J.D. Hardin later called the incident “extremely unfortunate” and said that the “matter was addressed” after the tape went public.