(Up-to-date at 10:40 a.m.) A fill-in-the-blank query in the course of a science class at H-B Woodlawn has brought about an uproar.

The chemistry dilemma, asked Tuesday throughout what ARLnow is instructed was a 10th grade course, references the law enforcement killing of George Floyd.

“George Floyd couldn’t breathe since a law enforcement officer place his _____ George’s neck,” the concern reads. The answer is “neon,” the aspect that seems like “knee on.”

Courses are now remaining held pretty much at Arlington general public colleges. Shortly right after the class, a screenshot of the concern begun circulating on social media, and mother and father started off calling the faculty.

“There is no variety in my school and seemingly there was a bunch of white silence when this took place this morning,” a student’s social media write-up claimed. “White learners ended up earning excuses or seemed ‘too drained to chat about it’ shame on individuals folks which is disgusting.”

The teacher “tried to pass it off as a little something ‘everyone would know/straightforward to get,’” the put up adds.

H-B Woodlawn’s scholar system is 4.4{462f6552b0f4ea65b6298fc393df649b8e85fbb197b4c3174346026351fdf694} Black, in accordance to civil legal rights studies released by Arlington Public Universities. That’s well less than the 11{462f6552b0f4ea65b6298fc393df649b8e85fbb197b4c3174346026351fdf694} normal across all APS high educational facilities.

In a letter to people despatched Wednesday, H-B’s principal stated the secondary system — after acknowledged as “Hippie High” for its liberal method to instruction — “does not tolerate any variety of cultural or racial insensitivity.”

“We will be meeting immediately with the students in the class, and will work with all of our H-B Woodlawn college students to procedure the incident,” the letter goes on to say. “Our Student Expert services Staff will be out there for specific counseling and pupils can get to out instantly to me as very well.”

On Thursday, Superintendent Francisco Durán weighed in, with an electronic mail despatched to all APS households.

“The content material referenced the killing of George Floyd in an unacceptable and senseless way, which harm and alarmed our college students, staff members, households, and the neighborhood,” Durán wrote. ‘The reference confirmed incredibly very poor judgement and a blatant disregard for African American lives.”

“The instructor has been relieved of classroom responsibilities while an investigation similar to this make a difference takes spot,” Durán ongoing. “I want to guarantee all people that this circumstance will be dealt with in accordance with our procedures, and all employees are held to the greatest requirements of qualified conduct.”

The principal’s letter, received by ARLnow, is underneath.

The H-B Woodlawn community does not tolerate any sort of cultural or racial insensitivity. We prioritize producing H-B Woodlawn a safe and inclusive room for all pupils, personnel, and mom and dad. Yesterday an incident happened that conflicts with our main values of respect, believe in, social justice, and variety.

Through a class presentation a instructor shared an illustration that showed major racial insensitivity. It was unacceptable. We will be assembly directly with the college students in the class, and will operate with all of our H-B Woodlawn pupils to system the incident. We will use all of the HBW and APS methods at our disposal to do so. Learners should really access out to a trusted adult at HBW if they want to examine this subject even further. Our University student Providers Team will be out there for particular person counseling (e-mail under) and pupils can access out directly to me as properly.

Although this is an ongoing make a difference, and we can not present further aspects, we respect all the pupils, dad and mom, and alumni who have attained out — for their concern, and their feelings and strategies on productively relocating forward. We will continue to update the neighborhood on the ways we are getting both equally in the limited-time period and lengthy-phrase. Just about every university student justifies a constructive educational practical experience where they feel secure, secure, and have a powerful feeling of belonging.

Casey Robinson

Principal