Austin Teacher Explains His White Supremacist Views to Classroom of Middle School Students
A teacher in Austin, Texas has been placed on administrative leave after viral video showed him explaining his white supremacist views to a group of Black students.
One of the most disturbing aspects of the video is the teacher’s calm demeanor as he explains why he’s a racist — and how everyone else is too.
“Deep down in my heart, I’m ethnocentric which means I think my race is the superior one,” the white teacher says to a shocked classroom.
The students erupt with nervous laughter as the teacher continues.
“I think everybody thinks that. They’re just not honest about it,” he says, adding “ I think everybody is a racist at that level.”
The teacher works at Bohls Middle School in the Pflugerville Independent School District.
Bohls Principal Sharon Churchin sent the following letter to families:
Dear Bohls Middle School families,
We are aware of an inappropriate conversation a teacher at Bohls Middle School had with students this week during an advisory class. This interaction does not align with our core beliefs as a district. The video of the conversation includes statements that we find wholly inappropriate. The teacher has been placed on administrative leave while Human Resources conducts an investigation.
Pflugerville ISD and Bohls MS work together to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for our students. The advisory activity was inappropriate, inaccurate, and unacceptable. This type of interaction will not be tolerated in PfISD schools.
Staff checked in with students today. Our counselors and administrators are always available if your student wants to discuss this situation further.
We always do our best to ensure the safety of all students; we encourage them to be self-advocates and let an adult know when something is wrong, as they did in this situation; this could be to a parent, a teacher, or a counselor. If you see something, say something.
We apologize for any undue stress or concern this has caused. As always, we appreciate the support of our families and community. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact me at 512-594-3200.
Dr. Sharon Churchin, Principal
Bohls Middle School