Teacher suspended for alleged racist remarks

Jason Marks on racism allegations at Camden Co. High School

CAMDEN COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) – A teacher at Camden County High School is under investigation for allegedly making racist comments in a classroom.

“It is very disturbing,” said parent Kimberley Ashcraft.

Ashcraft told 10 On Your Side the disturbing incident happened a couple weeks ago. Her daughter told her about the conversation with math teacher Cynthia Ramsey.

“That’s when she conveyed to me that Mrs. Ramsey had indicated that if she only had 10 days to live that she would kill all black people,” Ashcraft told WAVY.com.

Ashcraft’s daughter was in Ramsey’s classroom eating lunch. Ashcraft said there were several others students around when Ramsey allegedly made the racist remarks.

“I was completely shocked,” Ashcraft said. “I asked her again, ‘are you sure that was what you heard?’ I could not have imagined a teacher saying that.”

Ramsey is not only a teacher. She’s also head of the math department at the school.

“I conveyed to my daughter that this is a very serious allegation and I need confirmation that this did happen,” Ashcraft said.

School officials began an investigation, and even the Camden County Sheriff’s Office was called in to help. The sheriff told 10 On Your Side several of the students told the same story. Ramsey was placed on suspension with pay, and after a couple days was back in the classroom.

“I was very disappointed to hear that she was back in the classroom so soon,” Ashcraft said.

Superintendent Melvin Hawkins sent 10 On Your Side this statement:

At this point, our main concern is to investigate this incident thoroughly, and collect the facts. This is a personnel issue, and it is confidential until resolved. We are following protocol in this investigation and student and school employee investigations are confidential.

Camden County Sheriff Tony Perry said he has turned over evidence to the district attorney, who will decide if the teacher should face charges.

“As a parent, I felt compelled to come forward and tell somebody, because this was not only in my opinion a direct threat to the black children in the school, but also black people in the community,” Ashcraft said.

10 On Your Side did go by Ramsey’s home, but no one answered the door.

Camden County School officials told 10 On Your Side Ramsey’s case will be discussed by the school board November 13.

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