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Ohio Teacher Suspended For Telling Minority Student “Go Back To Your Country”

To an extent, justice has been served for a middle school student who was told by her teacher to “go back to her country” just because she corrected the teacher for mispronouncing her name.

Photo credits: Chardon Local Schools website

A longtime science teacher at an Ohio middle school had to serve out a suspension over some racist, reckless and culturally insensitive antics he exhibited toward a female student.

The teacher is named Steve Patterson. Patterson, 25, teaches at Chardon Middle School in Chardon, Ohio. The incident in question here reportedly occurred on November 14, 2017, according to a number of media sources. On that day, Patterson mispronounced a female student’s name and she innocently corrected him.

It wasn’t determined if Patterson’s mispronunciation of the student’s name was an honest mistake or a microaggression. For clarity, a microaggression is defined as a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group, such as a racial or ethnic minority. However, in an “open society” such as America’s, these forms of disrespect are prevalent.