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School district suspends Lee County teacher with pay

A Lee County teacher remains under investigation after a student’s video clips posted on TikTok depicted a controversial lesson about the American slavery period, but he might not be the only one facing trouble.

A School District of Lee County District spokesperson confirmed Wednesday the District suspended the teacher under investigation with pay, pending a reassignment to the District office.

We also wanted to know if the student involved could also face discipline for recording and posting the class discussion, so we asked a legal expert, who said it’s possible. When it comes to recording in Florida, everyone must agree.

“Was it a permissible violation? Well, no,” said Attorney Pamella Seay, an FGCU professor of justice studies. “Was it something that was necessary to a violation? Perhaps. And I think that is where we need to look. Was it essential to what happened so that he could show what exactly was said.”

During clips a student shared of his teacher in class, discussion about the use of the “n-word,” about slavery and about treatment of women could be heard.

The discussion during an AP government class conversation has received millions of views on the social media platform.

Reporter:Andryanna Sheppard
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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