Calls are mounting for a teacher to be fired after she wrote a tribute for one of her students who was killed in a shooting calling the murdered 10-year-old “not my brightest”.
The teacher wrote on Facebook: “This baby was not my brightest but she was our caregiver and protector. She struggled with all academics but could count money like it was her job.”
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Persayus Smith was killed and three others were injured in a shooting on Wednesday morning in Youngstown, Ohio.
Tayana Smith, the girl’s godmother, responded to the teacher’s statement telling WKBN: “I’m not sure what her angle was, or what her objective was of posting something like that.
“Posting that she’s praying or asking the community to pray for us, we appreciate that.
“But then she led into how she fell asleep in class and she wasn’t a bright student. That was just very disheartening, especially at a time when we are still grieving the loss.”
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The local school district said it would not pursue disciplinary action, but discouraged other teachers from making similar comments.
Police have connected the shooting that killed Persayus to another shooting that morning, WKBN reports.
Just seven minutes before Persayus was killed, shots were fired into the truck of Michael Callahan, 40, that killed him and injured the other occupant of the vehicle.
A US$10,000 reward has been offered for information that could lead to a conviction.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and is reproduced here with permission.