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A DeSoto County school will no longer be using a lesson taught that meant to address social justice and diversity, but in doing that used a word offensive to African-Americans. 

Parents of students at Horn Lake Middle School complained to the district office when one parent discovered the lesson included the “N” word in reference to African-Americans.

The mother said she was shocked when she saw her sixth-grader bring home material that included the offensive word and shocked again when she learned the material had been in the school for at least four years.

At issue was a lesson developed by Horn Lake Middle School instructors that used supplemental material from the New York Times educational resources, according to a statement from DeSoto County Schools.

The purpose of the lesson was to teach about social justice and diversity.

“However, the delivery did not lead to their desired outcomes,” according to the Desoto County Schools statement. “District officials reviewed the lesson and resources and the school will no longer teach it.”

The Mississippi arm of Black Lives Matter has gotten involved in the issue and are asking for sensitivity training for the teacher involved in the lesson.

Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.

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