The 11th-grade history teacher at a New Hampshire was put on paid leave Tuesday after his students performed a song about the KKK for a class assignment.
Video of two Dover High School students went viral over the weekend as they crooned lyrics that included “KKK, KKK, Let’s kill all the blacks” to the tune of “Jingle Bells” for a class assignment.
Now, their teacher, a longtime educator and coach at the school, has been suspended while officials carry out an investigation.
Superintendent William Harbron told the Foster’s Daily Democrat that John Carver’s suspension allows the administration “to really dig deep into the investigation.”
One of the students who performed the song told WMUR that they were trying to satirically show the negatives of racism.
“I want them to know that it was not our intention to offend anyone, we were simply trying to make a factual reference to the KKK and the history,” the anonymous student said.
“We were just trying to bring to light the terrible history of the KKK and about what they did, well, just people throughout all of history.”
One of the students who recorded the video in class said she did so because she was so offended.
“”Ignorance. It’s very rampant here,” Chloe Harris told WMUR.