Speaker at conference allegedly presents black teacher with offensive gift
OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) - A retired teacher is under fire after he was accused of bringing an African American teacher up on stage at a conference in Oklahoma City and handing him a white robe and confederate flag.
The event was cosponsored by CareerTech, and there were several hundred people in attendance.
An anonymous letter about the incident was sent to several agencies, outlining the alleged actions of former Elk City agriculture teacher, Larry Long.
"Deplorable actions and comments were made," said Paula Bowles of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Tech Education. "We immediately launched an investigation. We don't condone that type of behavior. It's totally unacceptable, and it doesn't represent the career tech system."
This letter stated "Mr. Long was expected to make a few short comments, but instead rambled on for close to an hour and made several shocking statements...He made several derogatory comments about African Americans, homosexuals, and women...Mr. Long is a product of the past and seemed to seize this as his last opportunity to let everyone know how he really feels about African Americans and women in Agricultural teaching positions."
It goes on to say "He went so far as to present the gift of a KKK sheet and hood to one African American in the room...He gave another teacher a gift of pig manure and made comments on how one person dressed gay...Most people in the room were in shock and offended by his comments and actions. Several got up and left."
So far, officials said they've only confirmed the KKK allegations with witnesses and are still looking into the other accusations.
"I think the investigation will help us determine what our next steps are as far as any kind of professional development, any type of action that we take," Bowles said.
Elk City Public Schools will hold a meeting to possibly rename an ag building that was recently named after Long.
NewsChannel 4 tried contacting Long, but nobody returned our message.
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