Posted by | October 31, 2014 08:00 | Filed under: News Behaving Badly Politics Top Stories


A teacher at Camden County High School in North Carolina is under investigation for allegedly making racist comments in a classroom. One parent, Kimberly Ashcraft, said the disturbing incident happened a couple weeks ago.

Her daughter told her of the conversation in question with math teacher Cynthia Ramsey, according to WAVY.

“That’s when she conveyed to me that Mrs. Ramsey had indicated that if she only had 10 days to live that she would kill all black people,” Ashcraft said.

Ashcraft’s daughter was in Ramsey’s classroom eating lunch and there were several others students around when the teacher allegedly made the disturbing remarks.

“I was completely shocked,” Ashcraft said. “I asked her again, ‘are you sure that was what you heard?’ I could not have imagined a teacher saying that.”

Ramsey doesn’t just teach math at the school. She’s also head of the math department.

“I conveyed to my daughter that this is a very serious allegation and I need confirmation that this did happen,” Ashcraft said.

After School officials and the Camden County Sheriff’s Office investigated, they found that several of the students told the same story.

Ramsey was placed on suspension with pay, and after a couple days was back in the classroom, WAVY reports.

“I was very disappointed to hear that she was back in the classroom so soon,” Ashcraft said.

Superintendent Melvin Hawkins said in a statement:

At this point, our main concern is to investigate this incident thoroughly, and collect the facts. This is a personnel issue, and it is confidential until resolved. We are following protocol in this investigation and student and school employee investigations are confidential.

According to Camden County Sheriff Tony Perry, evidence  has been turned over to the district attorney, who will decide if the teacher should face charges.

“As a parent, I felt compelled to come forward and tell somebody, because this was not only in my opinion a direct threat to the black children in the school, but also black people in the community,” Ashcraft said.

Watch courtesy of WAVY:

She should teach history. I’m sure she’ll see herself in the history books.

H/T: My buddy @TomCinmidlife with thanks.

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  • I’m not saying she did or didn’t do what she’s being accused of, I wasn’t there. I will say that if you’ve read some Arthur Miller ( if you went to high school in the 80’s trust me you did) you know we should hold off lighting our torches until we can get irrefutable proof.

    • tracey marie

      the teacher made the comment in her classroom during lunch. all the students were hite and besides the first young girl to speak up, several more backed up the story in it’s entirity. The teacher has refused to answer any questions either denying or admitting .

      • Tracey, Like I said Arthur Miller. I’m not vying for either side because despite my knee-jerk reaction to reap vengeance, I am considering all options. Do I think this woman said these things…Probably. Is there a tape or video of it…no. Many people both black and white have been accused of such terrible statements, remember the whole Lauren Hill thing a few years back?

        • tracey marie

          I went hunting for articles on this. There are so many, most with the twist from the writer. I tend to believe it happened, she was with all white students and i do believe she thought it would be accepted. My take.

          • Believe me, I’m with you on this like 70% but that 30% left is strong. I need to believe that our education system isn’t flooded with hateful things like this. Otherwise i would consider never having children at all. I am trying my best to combat malaise.

            • tracey marie

              I hear you, I wasn’t being combative just informing you on what i found.

              • Oh hush now, I know there was no malice in your reply. I always appreciate good discourse.

                • tracey marie

                  Okay, I tend to rub people the wrong way

                  • As long as your rubbing them right?

                    • tracey marie

                      I seem to be considered an entitled rich person…so i have been told by a threesome of stalkers

                    • “A threesome of stalkers” sounds like one of those E.L. James books. I haven’t seen anything to give me that impression but I haven’t seen all your written. So as of now to me, your are just Tracey and you have a dog.

                    • tracey marie

                      :)

  • bgardnerfanclub

    She is going to kill “all” the black people in “ten days”? Setting aside the fact that she should be fired because is a racist bigot, fire her because she cannot do math.

  • bgardnerfanclub

    She is going to kill “all” the black people in “ten days”? Setting aside the fact that she should be fired because is a racist bigot, fire her because she cannot do math.

  • And we wonder why schools can’t keep good teachers – bad enough when kids get out of control but to have faculty encouraging it is grotesque. Good teachers don’t get paid enough to contend with all their time being taken up with stupid tests demanded by the state and undoing the damage created by other faculty

  • And we wonder why schools can’t keep good teachers – bad enough when kids get out of control but to have faculty encouraging it is grotesque. Good teachers don’t get paid enough to contend with all their time being taken up with stupid tests demanded by the state and undoing the damage created by other faculty

  • Pistol-Packing AKA “Susie”

    Soooo, it seams there is more to this story then meets the eye.

    http://wavy.com/2014/11/01/students-defend-teacher-accused-of-racist-remarks/

    “There were eight of us in that room,” Smith said. “Six of us have the same story, and two of them don’t make sense.”

  • Pistol-Packing

    Soooo, it seams there is more to this story then meets the eye.

    http://wavy.com/2014/11/01/students-defend-teacher-accused-of-racist-remarks/

    “There were eight of us in that room,” Smith said. “Six of us have the same story, and two of them don’t make sense.”