Black Teen Expelled from School After Dispute Over August Wilson’s ‘Fences’


Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson poses during a visit to a coffee shop Friday, May 30, 2003, in his Seattle neighborhood. After more than two decades in theater, Wilson finally has the acting bug, making his stage debut two weeks ago in his autobiographical monologue, "How I Learned What I Learned," and he will make his movie debut this month as narrator of "The Naked Proof," an independent film premiering at the Seattle International Film Festival. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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A North Carolina Black teenager has been expelled from a predominately white private school after a dispute over the August Wilson play ‘Fences’

According to the New York Times, Faith Fox, who is a lawyer, was opposed to her son’s ninth grade English class reading the August Wilson play Fences. Students were going to read the play, which uses the “n-word,” aloud.

An alternate lesson was reportedly provided for her son, but after back and forth via email, the disagreement escalated. In another incident, the mother claimed students were taken on a field trip to a former slave plantation. Before Thanksgiving, the private school, which is predominately white, expelled the student. The school said the 14-year-old was expelled because of his mother.

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