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Outrage over Queens teacher's ban on malcolm X

Cyril Josh Barker | 2/13/2014, 12:16 p.m.
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Parents and community leaders are still outraged over a Queens teacher banning students from doing a report on Malcolm X as part of a Black History Month project.

The situation stems from when a technology teacher in P.S. 201 in Kew Gardens Hills reportedly told fourth-graders that Malcolm X was not an acceptable subject for the assignment. The teacher cited the civil rights leader’s stance on violence as a factor for the ban.

Politicians, including City Councilman Andy King, as well as parents, met with teachers and the principal at the school. An assembly is reportedly being held with the students during which time the teacher will apologize.