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Florida Teacher on Probation, Charged With Comparing Black People to Jelly Beans ‘No One Likes’

A Florida middle school teacher was put on probation after she allegedly made inappropriate comments to her students, including comparing black people to jelly beans “no one likes,” WFTV reported on Monday, October 24.

Lauren Ulseth, a technology education teacher at Lawton Chiles Middle School in the Seminole County School District, was put on probation for a year after the Florida Department of Education claimed she called students “f–king morons” and made racist comments in class, WFTV reported.

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Lawton Chiles Middle School
Lawton Chiles Middle School

According to settlement documents obtained by the ABC affiliate, Ulseth was accused of telling her eighth-grade students a series of inappropriate jokes, including “Why is life like a bowl of jelly beans? Because no one likes the black ones,” “What do you call two Mexicans playing basketball together? Juan on Juan,” and “Do you sell hot dogs? Because you make my wiener stand.”

The legal papers, which state that Ulseth “neither admits nor denies” the allegations, note that the teacher must pay a $1,000 fine to the State of Florida Education Practices Commission. Ulseth must also reportedly enroll in a three-credit college-level education ethics course within the first six months of her probation and will be required to submit an official transcript stating that she got at least a “B” grade in the class.

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Lawton Chiles Middle School
After offensive comments, the Seminole County teacher is no longer working at the school.

The Seminole County School District told WFTV that Ulseth was suspended without pay and was reported to the Florida Department of Education board after the incident, which happened during the 2014–2015 school year. Her contract was not renewed at the end of the 2015 school year.

The local news outlet notes that Ulseth can still legally teach in the state of Florida, but it is unclear if she plans to do so.

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