Attorney For School Accused of Making Black Student Put Noose Around Neck: Kid's Mom is Playing "Race Card"

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An attorney for a Capistrano Unified School District charter school claims an incident involving an eighth-grade teacher who had the only African-American student in her class put a noose around his neck has been blown out of proportion, but the boy's mother counters this is no isolated incident of racism involving the instructor.

Renee Schultz, the teacher, has been placed on administrative leave while officials at Oxford Preparatory Academy in Mission Viejo investigate the mother's complaint. While Oxford is a Capo Unified charter school, the district does not have oversight over it.

On a recent field trip to Riley's Farm, a working farm in Yucaipa that recreates historical events from the Civil War, the mother claims Schultz volunteered her son for the noose reenactment. "My child was the only child in his classroom who did not volunteer but was called up," the mom reportedly told Mission Viejo Patch.

But Oxford representative Erika Schulte has informed multiple media outlets no child was singled out as some of Schultz's other students also took part in the demonstration, leading the school's attorney Keith Fink to tell Patch's Penny Arévalo, "The story is an outright fabrication of the mother and gross exaggeration and a race card play."

Fink got some backing from Riley's Farm, which released a long statement that claims its demonstrations never involve placing a noose around a student's neck--only on top of their heads--and alleges the African-American boy was stopped by a farm worker from pulling the noose down around his neck.

The boy's mom counters this is not the only racial incident involving Schultz and her son, who is was in his first year of studies at Oxford and who has since left to do independent study.

The teacher told the boy's class he would not appear in their school photo because "he's as black as the wall," the mother alleged. Another time, Schultz pointed at a short, heavyset black man and said he must be the boy's father, the mom claims.

Meanwhile, the mother has praised Capo Unified district officials with taking her concerns seriously and damned Oxford Prep for doing the complete opposite. Schulte has been quick to note Oxford suspended Schultz within 24 hours of receiving the parental complaint.

The Riley's Farm incident has drawn concern from OC Human Relations, whose CEO Rusty Kennedy joined the boy's family at a recent meeting with school officials.

"Hangings, like cross burnings, are incredible symbols of hate and bigotry and oppression of African Americans," Kennedy is quoted as telling Patch. "They are symbols that have huge meaning and were designed to terrorize and subjugate people. ... In this case it appears a complete lack of understanding of how powerful and how hurtful those symbols are, is really, I think, what we're talking about."

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Kirk Burris
Kirk Burris

It's not a problem.. Some would love you to think it is. But, it's not..

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776

If it were a Hollywood  civil war movie and ANY OTHER RACE HAD A NOOSE PUT AROUND THEIR NECK


black people would be screaming about the injustice denied their exclusivity as victims 



and from a civil war perspective I would agree with them in principle



the mom sounds like another $$$ grabber



Kristina Bre-Anne Kulpaca
Kristina Bre-Anne Kulpaca

Really, you're going to use this photo to catch people's eye and also the headline is just ridiculous.

IL Martin
IL Martin

The ridiculous headline, also makes it sound like, the ATTORNEY for the school made the black student put the noose around his neck. ("Attorney For School Accused of Making Black Student Put Noose Around Neck"....") UGGH!

Robert Simmons
Robert Simmons

You should just start writing articles claiming the government did 911, UFOs exist, chemtrails, Bigfoot, JFK conspiracy, etc cetera. That is about where you are at journalistically speaking.

Robert Simmons
Robert Simmons

I am about as left-leaning as you can get but it's disgusting watching the OC Weekly trying to pin racism and police brutality in situations where it doesn't exist.

Robert Simmons
Robert Simmons

YET AGAIN the OC Weakly steps on its own dick trying to disseminate misleading information.

Mike Lermon
Mike Lermon

The author of this article is in serious need of a refresher course on reading comprehension. The Riley's Farm statement clearly articulated that the prop noose is *not* placed on anyone's body at all. There's no substantiation for his statement regarding "only the top of their heads."

Jennifer Mitchell Mariselli
Jennifer Mitchell Mariselli

Just remember this is not a district school. It's a charter school, so their hiring practices are different.

IL Martin
IL Martin

This story has so many errors in it. The article contradicts it's own headline. The reporter did not bother to do his own investigation, (instead he copied a poorly written article from someone else). This is a blatant disregard for the facts. Very poor reporting indeed. Riley's Farm's statement: " 1. In this program, students circulate through various dramatic workshops, featuring the cultural, political, and military life of the Civil War period. These include marching and drill, a civil war surgery discussion, Victorian etiquette, a secession debate, a military court martial, and others. 2. During the Civil War era, soldiers who deserted from the army could face the penalty of a firing squad or a hanging. The station, in question, is ONLY about military discipline. 3. At the court martial station, a living historian dressed as a soldier asks the teacher or parental group leader to pick children to participate who like drama and who can speak before a group of people. 4. In this scenario, the living historian holds a noose as a prop. It is NEVER put over a child's head. In every scenario the student is found "guilty" and then pardoned. 5. During this particular scenario, the child kept trying to put the noose over his head, and our living historian stopped the student from doing so. 6. The parent making the complaint was not present at the time and never approached us regarding the incident and chose, instead, to take the story to the media. 7. We understand, of course, that certain images (the Confederate States flag and uniform, for example) can be seen as offensive to some groups. However, there is simply no way to conduct a living history teaching experience without using the clothing and props of the era. 8. Our extended family has been conducting living history field trips in Oak Glen since 1986. We currently see between 50 and 60,000 students a year. In all that time, with our tour count reaching nearly a million students, we have never had a complaint of this sort." To clarify, our living historian dressed as a soldier asked the teacher to pick a child to participate who likes drama and who can speak before a group of people. The teacher does not nessasarily know what the penalty for desertion is. After a ten to fifteen minute discussion the penalty for desertion is presented this is when the student ATTEMPTED to put the noose on his head but the living historian did not allow it to be put around his neck."

Marlon Spears
Marlon Spears

Did you read the statement? It's not very clear about what happened... The teacher DID apparently choose the kid for the noose. The statement doesn't state whether the child was chosen or picked. It also doesn't state whether or not the teacher instructed the child to put the noose over his head. There's not enough evidence here to state what happened either way....

James Knaus
James Knaus

I read the article on I also read more about this teacher. This teacher is racially insensitive to say the least.

James Knaus
James Knaus

Around the neck on top of the head does it even matter. Why are they even enacting this with 1 black person in the class are you kidding

Wendy De La Puente
Wendy De La Puente

The farm the tour was conducted at even made a statement. Obviously this kid's mom is full of shit. Read the article people.

James Knaus
James Knaus

Wow, she should be fired immediately. What a racist!! They're trying to blame the kids mom of playing the race card?? No kidding, because she apparently doesn't like her son being a victim of racism.....When will this kind of behavior ever stop?

Tim Yocky
Tim Yocky

ahhhh yes, my home town... always making good for news stories

Minh Vu
Minh Vu

Sounds about right... That's SOUTH OC for you

Lillian Boyd
Lillian Boyd

This story is no shock to me. I remember teachers at Aliso Niguel High making racist jokes or comments pretty frequently.

Ryann Winter
Ryann Winter

I was considering moving to the oc area but I keep hearing about racism being a problem.. So nevermind

RocketJ
RocketJ

The noose stunt seems a little Childish, perhaps they could have a Bonfire instead.

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

"Keith Fink, believes the mom is aiming for a payday by trumping up the accusation."

RocketJ
RocketJ

The statement is basically You ain't liking what we doing, shut up.

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