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Raytown district apologizes for N-word written on board by teacher asking for modern interpretation of literature

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Raytown South school lesson offensive to some in classroom.

RAYTOWN, Mo. — The Raytown School District is responding to complaints that a lesson taught in a class was offensive.  A FOX 4 viewer shared the picture on the FOX 4 Facebook page; it shows a comment written on a white board.

The comment uses the “N” word.

The viewer said it was taken inside a Raytown South classroom.  When FOX 4 inquired, the school district said the statement came from a student as part of an English lesson on Shakespearean literature.  The spokesperson said students were asked to brainstorm translations of a play’s prologue to relate more to today’s vocabulary.

In a statement, the district says it encourages dialogue between students and staff but doesn’t condone the use of profane or offensive language.

It apologized for the teacher’s decision to share the sentence.

Statement from Raytown School District

Statement from Raytown School District