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North Dakota teacher put on leave 'after having fifth-graders reenact George Floyd murder'

A North Dakota elementary school teacher has been placed on administrative leave after allegedly having fifth-grade students reenact George Floyd's murder in class. 

The incident is said to have taken place at Wahpeton Elementary School earlier this week and was initially flagged by angry parents on Facebook.

'I’m not really understanding the purpose and would love to have an understanding,' wrote a mother in a post directed at the school, calling the reenactment 'classless, disingenuous' and 'careless.'  

A teacher at Wahpeton Elementary School in North Dakota, pictured, was put on leave over an alleged classroom reenactment of George Floyd's death

The local schools superintendent said the incident took place after a fifth-grade student asked a question about Floyd's arrest at the hands of officer Derek Chauvin in May 2020 (pictured)

Wahpeton Schools Superintendent Rick Jacobson has confirmed that the district is investigating reports concerning an 'inappropriate and insensitive' classroom activity, but he did not go into specifics.

'As a district, we do not support or tolerate any activity that would make students uncomfortable in the learning environment,' Jacobson stated.

In an interview with KVRR, the superintendent said that the incident took place after a student asked a question about Floyd's arrest and death in Minneapolis in May 2020, which sparked months of nationwide protests and led to the murder conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin last month.

Jacobson noted that what happened in the fifth-grade classroom was 'not a full reenactment,' that students did not have physical contact with each other, and that no student’s breathing was obstructed.

The district became aware of the reenactment after a local mother posted this message on Facebook, expressing her outrage 

Commenters on Facebook expressed their support for the parent

The district told Valley News Live that no student was singled out for participation in the activity because of their race.

Jacobson said the reenactment could have been a 'spur of the moment, somebody asked a question to try and show kids what maybe was going on,' according to KFGO.

A man claiming to be the father of one of the students at Wahpeton called into question the veracity of the claims about the reenactment of Floyd's death, writing in a Facebook comment that the fifth-graders were doing a Jack and the Beanstalk mock trial and breathing exercises when some students - ' being the kids that they are' - started yelling 'I can't breathe.'

DailyMail.com has reached out to that parent for further comment.  

Wahpeton Schools Superintendent Rick Jacobson has confirmed that the district is investigating reports concerning an 'inappropriate and insensitive' classroom activity

The unnamed elementary school teacher will remain on leave pending the conclusion of the investigation. 

The school district will hold a press conference to address the incident on Monday.

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