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Sunday, January 14, 2018 1:00 am

Ohio teacher on leave after 'lynching' remark

Associated Press

MASON, Ohio – A white teacher who admitted telling a black student he would be lynched by his classmates if he didn't get back to work has been put on leave.

The superintendent in the Mason school district sent a letter Saturday calling the comments thoughtless and offensive.

School officials earlier in the week said the teacher would have to undergo sensitivity training, but the student's mother wasn't satisfied with that punishment.

Mason school officials say Renee Thole admitted to making the comment to a student in December. School officials say the teacher apologized to the student soon after making the remark.