NH Teacher Set for Return to Class After Students Sang KKK Jingle

John Carver has completed a "mentoring and learning program" required for him to come back to the classroom, the Dover School District superintendent said

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A New Hampshire school district says a teacher will return to full-time teaching about being placed on paid leave after a video surfaced of his students singing a jingle about the Ku Klux Klan.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that John Carver will resume teaching Aug. 28, when school starts. Dover School District Superintendent William Harbron says Carver completed a "mentoring and learning program" required for him to come back to the classroom.

Carver was placed on leave in December after the video went viral. It showed two students singing a jingle set to Jingle Bells that included the refrain "KKK, KKK, let's kill all the blacks."

Harbron and students said Carver had given an assignment to write a song about a subject in the Reconstruction era that followed the Civil War.

Superintendent William Harbron said in January that teacher Carver would remain on paid administrative leave for the rest of the school year.

The song left some students feeling hurt.

"When everyone was laughing I got really frustrated," one told NBC10 Boston. "I was like, 'Why are you guys laughing at this?' So I had to walk out of class. I'm disgusted by this."

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