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Teacher Offensive Native American dance at John W. North High School

A California teacher has been placed on administrative leave following a viral video of her doing a 'offensive' Native American dance in class.

A teacher at John W. North High School in Riverside, California, has been placed on administrative leave following a viral video showing the teacher "war hooping and tomahawk chopping" in an abusive and inappropriate manner to Native Americans.

The math teacher, who was dressed in an indigenous headdress, was filmed by a student who believed "violence was being committed against him and he had the right to rerecord," according to an Instagram post. "This student appears to be indigenous, has a Native American first name, and self-identifies as such."

Teacher Offensive Native American dance at John W. North High School
Riverside's John W. North High School

Riverside Unified School District issued a statement in response to the event, stating: "A recording of one of our instructors has been widely disseminated on social media. These activities are wholly unethical and a derogatory portrayal of the wide and diverse Native American traditions and practices. Her actions do not reflect the district's beliefs. The instructor has been placed on administrative leave while the District investigates."

The statement read, "The Riverside Unified School District promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion and does not condone behavior that violates these values."

"We are deeply dedicated to establishing inclusive practices and policies that reflect the district's and region's rich variety. We will work with our students, families, faculty, and staff to earn back your trust."

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