Bradwell Institute’s 2018 STAR teacher has apparently been asked to resign.
The teacher, Marilyn Hampton, was reportedly asked to resign by Liberty County School System Superintendent Dr. Franklin Perry.
Hampton, who cited advice from her attorney, said she had no comment but would contact the Courier after Tuesday’s school board meeting.
LCSS Director of Maintenance and Operations Jason Rogers said the district won’t comment at this time due to an ongoing investigation into what is considered a personnel matter.
The Courier learned of the suspension through a Bradwell student, who said Hampton was asked to resign after telling her students about a book entitled “The Hate U Give.”
The student, whose identity is being withheld by the Coastal Courier, said 200 BI students have signed a petition asking for her to remain.
According to online reviews, “The Hate U Give,” a New York Times youth best-seller written by Angie Thomas, is about racism and police violence and was inspired by the Black Lives Movement.
According to the Bradwell student, the book focuses on issues facing school-aged children today.
“Mrs. Hampton is the epitome of what it means to be a quality teacher,” the student wrote in his email. “She strives every day to make sure her students are ready for college and the workforce.”
STAR teachers are chosen each year by the STAR students at each high school. Those students post the highest SAT scores at their schools and rank among the top 10 percent or top 10 student in their classes.