A SCHOOL in Westchester, New York, has come under fire for a cartoon that was handed out to students depicting modern-day cops as slave owners and the Ku Klux Klan.
Christopher Moreno, who teaches 11th graders at Westlake High School, handed out a sheet containing a series of cartoons.
The cartoon was previously handed out to students in Texas.
The first cartoon is a panel of five depictions of a man kneeling on a black man. The man kneeling over the handcuffed black man is depicting in various outfits, including as a member of the KKK, a slave owner, a sheriff and a police officer.
In the last two sketches, the black man says “I can’t breathe” – what George Floyd said when he was knelt on by then-police cop Derek Chauvin.
“My daughter showed me the paper. I said, `What is this?! You’ve got to be kidding me!’ Westlake mom Ania Paternostro told the NY Post.
“This cartoon compares the police to the KKK. It’s an attack on the police.
“This cartoon is disturbing. We have to respect the men in blue who protect us,” she added.
“We don’t need a teacher brainwashing my kids. I’ll teach my kids about what’s right and what’s wrong.”
Mount Pleasant School District Superintendent Kurt Kotes and Westlake Principal Keith Schenker received complaints, and promised an investigation.
In a letter to parents, Kotes said: “I want to address an issue that I have recently been advised is of deep concern to many members of our community.
“Specifically, I have been advised that one of our High School teachers may have recently conducted a lesson that many have deemed to be highly controversial in the current climate.
“I want to assure the community that the District will be conducting a thorough investigation to determine what exactly occurred in this particular classroom and what, if any, action is to be taken under the circumstances to appropriately address the matter,’’ he said.
“Once the investigation has been completed we will follow up with the community to the extent necessary and legally appropriate.”
Moreno has not yet given a comment to media.
The incident comes after Floyd’s death in Minneapolis sparked protest across the country, with many calling for the defunding of police and the ending of systemic racism.
The same cartoon was included in an online assignment for students in the Wylie Independent School District in Texas.
Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott called for the teacher who assigned the lesson to be fired.
“A teacher in a Texas public school comparing police officers to the KKK is beyond unacceptable,” Abbott tweeted.
“The teacher should be fired. I’m asking the Texas Education Agency to investigate and take action.”