Teacher Accused of Calling Haitian Student 'Chocolate Boy,' Faces Suspension

Haitian student chocolate boy teacherIn Philip Roth's 2000 novel "The Human Stain," a classics professor, referring to two students who had never come to class, asks his seminar: "Do they exist or are they spooks?" The man eventually resigned over the remark; he didn't realize that the two students were black, and spooks was considered a racist term. It's unclear whether a teacher in South Florida made a similarly innocent slip when she allegedly called a Haitian-American student "little chocolate boy" and "chocolate that nobody wanted."

The Blanche Ely High School student, known only by the initials "P.S." recorded a video of Leslie Ranier pointing at him with a pointer and making such remarks last May. After the superintendent filed an administrative complaint in January, Ranier, who is also black, and a 22-year veteran of the Broward County School District, claimed she was referring to the chocolates she gives to students.

"I said, 'Not that particular chocolate,' meaning he could not get the chocolate on my desk," she told Local10.com. And "chocolate nobody wanted" was a reference to the dark chocolate that the students didn't like. Ranier further explained to WPTV that chocolate is an affectionate term in the black community, and that her husband, a Baptist reverend, calls her "Sweet Chocolate."

In the complaint, the superintendent Robert Runcie said Rainer had a history of "inappropriate conduct towards her part-Haitian, minority descent students," including telling one student, "I wish they would put you in a boat and send you back where you came from," and making another stand by a garbage can, because "that's where he belongs."

Ranier denies making most of the comments she's charged with, and says the others were taken out of context. She believes she is being unfairly targeted, as she says she was in the spring of 2010, when she was temporarily removed from her classroom after she and another teacher allegedly sprinkled holy water onto an avowed atheist colleague. They were both reinstated six weeks later. "I think that it shows the entire decision to remove them was calculated with the intent to defame and harass them," Ranier's attorney said at the time.

Runcie recommended that Ranier receive a three day unpaid suspension and diversity training, reports The Miami Herald, which the Broward County Schools Board is scheduled to vote on at its Tuesday meeting. "I have never, nor will I ever, offend a child," Rainer told WPTV. "I have nothing against Haitians, Italians, or whoever else. This is a made-up false accusation."

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Nothing a big, juicy GREEN settlment can't resolve.

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February 13 2012 at 6:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

OK so I fail to see exactly what the problem is here.


February 08 2012 at 9:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"...she and another teacher allegedly sprinkled holy water onto an avowed atheist colleague. "

It's typical of a religious kook to try to castigate anyone who doesn't worship at their altar of religiious supremacy. Our Founding Fathers (and Mothers) had it right when they Declared that all people are created equally (by the Creator, not by anybody's "god" - because "god" is interpretive and tends toward extremism in respective man-made religious bigotries)...

..."regardless" of the racial, religious or ethnic bigotries of the few.

And then they gave us a secular Constitution. In a secular society, atheists tend to have higher moral values than those with extreme religious opinions who seek to impose and indoctrinate their religious hatreds and bigotries upon others. I daresay that such religious extremists should not be allowed around any children in the schools or in the community to spread their religious hatred and indoctrination into such an anti-Constitutional mindset.

It is little wonder the teacher is so religio-ethnically-challenged. While she may be the same racial mix, her religious and ethnic hatreds, based upon her religious extremism...is coming through loud and clear. These are the kinds of "bad" teachers that need to be weeded out of our public school systems to protect the children from such religious decadence.

February 08 2012 at 8:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Abbeylou Conway

Anybody ever hear of "Chocolate Town"??????? The teacher needs to be reinstated!!!!!

February 08 2012 at 6:31 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Realizing that Ranier's remarks are rude and ignorant, regardless of their intent, I have to say that teachers are becoming more and more targets of our society's frustration in just about every area of their lives. No one seems to focus on the real issues in education: students' lack of discipline, overpopulation in classrooms due to the burgeoning influx of...need I continue? and union tyranny over individual school systems. By the way, Ranier and other teachers should not have chocolate or any other foods in the classroom, for both hygenic and safety reasons.

February 08 2012 at 5:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How about Crackers.

February 08 2012 at 5:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Maybe I'm going out of my mind??? What is going on in schools these days? One teacher says stupid things on facebook (really dumb move) this one to a child's face, a whole school is replacing it's teachers because two of them are complete animals...what is going on? This makes every good teacher look horrible. I don't trust priests, boy scout leaders, rabbis, sports coaches or teachers. Damn. Keep your children home. It's just not safe out there anymore.

February 08 2012 at 4:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well, she just was insulting herself as well. That is what these haters do, they hate people that look like them but who have a different outlook & philosophy on life that make them successful. Hating never stopped somebody from being greater than you, suck it up & learn from the hard-working Haitian who is studying while you remain a dumbass hater!

February 08 2012 at 2:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

chocolate is a flavor-not a race!

February 08 2012 at 2:05 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

what makes this worse is this person is supposed to be an educator
and might make these stupid small minded statements in front of young impressionable minds

and yes blacks can be racists too and not just the victims of racism, and worse when they continue to spread racist stereotypes about themselves-very self-deprecating. many ancestors fought long and hard not to be called the N-word, and yet they turn it into slang to greet each other-its sad!

February 08 2012 at 2:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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