Students defend teacher accused of racist remarks

CAMDEN COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) – Students of a Camden County teacher who is accused of making a racist comment are coming to her defense.

Cynthia Ramsey, a math teacher at Camden High School, was suspended after the incident.

“It is very disturbing,” said parent Kimberley Ashcraft, who told 10 On Your Side the disturbing incident happened a couple weeks ago. Her daughter told her about the conversation with 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, at the time the comment was allegedly made. Ashcraft said there were eight others students around.

“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.”

“Ms. Ramsey is not that type of person, to be racist or to talk about anyone that way,” said Camden County High School senior Tiffany Kight.

Controversy over alleged  remarks continue to hang over the high school. Ramsey was suspended for almost two weeks and an investigation by the sheriff was started.

“There is no racism in her heart, even if she attempted it,” added senior Krystal Smith.

Some of the other eight students who were in the classroom that day are coming Ramsey’s defense.

“She was talking about things personally that happened to her, but she never said she wanted to harm anyone,” said senior Corin Sawyer.

“Everyone is putting her into a corner and making her seem like she is a bad person,” added Kight.

“There were eight of us in that room,” Smith said. “Six of us have the same story, and two of them don’t make sense.”

The Camden County Sheriff told 10 On Your Side he sent his investigation to the District Attorney who will decide if Ramsey should be charged.

“Many people love her, including African Americans,” Smith added.

Ramsey has been at the school for 17 years. She appealed her case and is back teaching. The Camden County School Board will discuss her status at its November 13 meeting.

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