California high school teacher on leave after ‘offensive’ Native American depiction

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A California high school teacher has been placed on leave after filming what she described as an “aggressive portrayal” of Native American culture.

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In a video posted to Instagram, the teacher – who was not named in the video or in high school – is seen dancing wearing a headdress and raising her arms in the air while making several noises.

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The description in the video states that the student, who identifies as Native American, began filming his teacher after several minutes of “battle hoop and tomahawk chopping”.

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According to the Post, the video was shot in Riverside, Calif., by John W. North High School, and the student felt he “had a right to record” because he felt “violence was being done against him.”

In a statement on Thursday, the Riverside Unified School District administration confirmed that this is a recording of one of their teachers and that he has been placed on leave.

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“These practices are completely unacceptable and are an offensive depiction of vast and vast Native American cultures and practices,” read the statement.

“Her actions do not represent the values ​​of our district. The teacher has been put on leave while the district investigates. “

The teacher’s video, which quickly went viral online, prompted widespread anger and criticism.

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One user on Twitter wrote, “An easy and far less racist way to teach the soh-ka-toa rule for Trig.”

“All that one class to teach Sohka Toa? Sohkahatoa is like the only thing I remember from HS, and our indigenous ancestors were not disrespected or mocked in order to teach me to remember it,” wrote another user.

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