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Shorewood Gym Teacher Placed On Leave Following Alleged Racist Incident

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A screenshot of the beginning of a letter that Shorewood School District sent out to families regarding alleged racist incident.

A gym teacher from Shorewood Intermediate School in Wisconsin has been placed on indefinite leave following an alleged racist incident with students earlier this month.

The instructor was teaching students about “games from around the world.”

District officials are looking into claims that say on April 1, the gym teacher separated seventh grade students in one class by race and assigned the black children to research games played by enslaved children.

District Superintendent Bryan Davis says the teacher was instructing students about games around the world.

According to a letter Davis sent to Shorewood families, the administration became aware of the incident April 3 and immediately launched an investigation.

"We take these allegations very seriously ... We are committed to providing an environment of inclusion in our schools," Davis says the letter.

The teacher's name has not been released.

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