Ramona Bessinger, who teaches at Esek Hopkins Middle School, insisted that the racial ideology led to teasing from students and colleagues alike. One student called her "America" because she is white, and a staff member blamed her for having "white privilege," she stated.
After speaking out regarding teaching policies centered on the ideology and whistleblowing on the school's claimed encouragement to engage in "white educator affinity groups," Bessinger was notified on Oct. 5 that she had to attend a "pre-disciplinary hearing" Wednesday — not for her opinions, yet for breaking a school safety procedure throughout a lockdown.
Photographs, supposedly of Bessinger's classroom whiteboard from when she was not present, seem to show threatening messages, including "F*** ya b****," "Bye you fired," "b****,``''Fire Ms. Bessinger," and many different scribbled phrases suggesting she leave.
Bessinger further reportedly called the police to her school Wednesday because she felt unsafe.
She was interrogated at her Wednesday hearing for the claimed lapse in safety protocol, Legal Insurrection reported.
Critical race theory and different closely related ideologies hold that the United States is inherently racist and that skin color is used to form and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites. Critics explain it relegates all white people to the position of oppressors and all people of color to that of victims.
"While many children are taught to fear and hate our nation, there are many of us who quietly shut our classroom doors and teach the contrary," Bessinger wrote Tuesday on Twitter, including a patriotic song in her tweet.
"The first sign of retaliation was evident even before school restarted... I was pulled from teaching one of my English classes and assigned to teach using CNN news sources, as well as Time for Kids," Bessinger explained.
"Everything in school now is about race. During orientation, teacher professional development included a" privilege walk," in which teachers were requested to talk about our personal bias, to share our personal trauma, and to connect with children on their personal trauma. Much of the bias focus was on race. I declined to participate in the voluntary privilege walk, but observed it. We also were told to be surrogate parents to our students, given lesson plans on Malcolm X, and that discussions around justifiable violence towards white people should be taught to children of color," she went on.
"There was a verbal attack on me in front of other staff by one of my colleagues who shouted at me that I had white privilege."