Nation's classrooms reflect on Ferguson decision

3 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, December 02 2014 Dec 2, 2014 Tuesday, December 02, 2014 2:05:36 PM CST December 02, 2014 in News
By: Christine Armario, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Classrooms across the nation have been discussing the Ferguson police shooting - and some uncomfortable topics - in the wake of the grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who killed Michael Brown.

Tom Rademacher knew his high school students would have the case on their mind after last week's announcement. So the Minneapolis teacher put aside his lesson plans and asked a question: How did they feel?

Some teens were sad, others angry. One said he logged off Twitter and Facebook to avoid dealing with upset friends.

Teachers are leading discussions about race, police use of force and poverty, and asking students to share their experiences. Others are weaving in lessons from history.

At some schools, teachers, parents or students are reluctant to discuss the sensitive case.

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