"That bothered me. I was very offended by it,” Terry Day told WESH 2 Investigates. "In today's society, it's very prevalent. Racism! It's very prevalent." Day's 6-year-old daughter, Rosa, is a first-grader at Hamilton Elementary School in Sanford. On Monday, her teacher sent home a spelling list with the class that contained a racial slur.
The word was supposed to read, “Bigger.” But the word on the spelling list for Rosa's class, began with the letter N, not the letter B. "My daughter said to me, she said, 'I know that word and I know what that word means, but is this supposed to be on my paper?'" Day said.
While declining an on-camera interview, a school spokesman, Michael Lawrence, released a statement to WESH 2 Investigates that reads, "The district is aware of the unintentional and unfortunate mistake regarding the typo on the spelling words worksheet. The teacher involved has taught at Hamilton Elementary for many years and is extremely remorseful about the situation.
The school has already fixed and updated the spelling words list and redistributed to the students in that particular class. In addition, a memo has gone home with students sincerely apologizing for the error."