Teacher Resigns After Saying Dead Protestors Would “Blend In With The Pavement”
A middle school teacher in Kentucky has resigned instead of facing disciplinary proceedings, after making racist online comments. Responding to a video of protestors apparently in a road or parking lot, she suggested that, if run over, the victims would “blend in with the pavement.”
According to the Courier-Journal, the video showed protestors near an RV. Though some reports describe the photo as protestors blocking a road, screenshots appear to show parking lot lines. Amy Roth, a special education teacher at Conway Middle School in Louisville, Kentucky, commented, saying, “Full speed ahead. Don’t worry they’ll blend in with the pavement.”
@JCPSKY this cannot be tolerated. Amy Roth is a teacher and she advocates running over protestors and says they will blend in with the pavement. Is that acceptable? Will she be teaching Black students? Her excuse that she was “angry” doesn’t work. https://t.co/3G6DnivnNh
— Hannah Drake (@HannahDrake628) July 20, 2020
— Lex (@universalexis) July 17, 2020
Earlier this month, Wave 3 News reported that, though Roth had followed up with an apology, saying that she posted the comments in anger, Jefferson County School District had opened an investigation. “I messed up. I said this out of anger. I am very sorry to everyone who saw this,” the second comment read.
Numerous people shared on social media that they had contacted the school, asking if it was acceptable for a person who thought that way to be allowed to teach children of color.
So Amy Roth a @JCPSKY TEACHER at CONWAY MIDDLE simply suggests to murder the protesters. An undercover RACIST that “teaches” minorities everyday. THIS IS WHAT WE DEAL WITH!!! @JCPSSuper this isn’t a good look sir. pic.twitter.com/yeayjjgnKY
— Tim Barnett (@FOCUS_Bball) July 19, 2020
@JCPSKY @ConwayMiddle Amy Roth is making opening racist comments about running black people over because they blend in with the payment. This is the kind of person you allow to teach our special needs children? pic.twitter.com/QMNDnShDIi
— Mandy Green (@Mandrake3512) July 17, 2020
The school and district were tagged in many posts showing the screenshot, emails were sent, and calls were made.
Though the district would not discuss exactly what disciplinary measures were to be taken, saying only that they were “following policies and procedures in dealing with this personnel matter,” but district spokeswoman Renee Murphy did say, “the discipline process had been initiated when [Roth] resigned.”