St. Paul teacher allegedly calls students "fat, black, and stupid," placed on paid leave

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Tim Olmsted, sixth grade teacher, allegedly discriminated against black students for months.
A sixth grade teacher at a St. Paul public school is allegedly a raging racist.

According to a WCCO report, Tim Olmsted, a teacher at the Heights Community School on St. Paul's East Side, told the five black students in his class that they are "fat, black, and stupid" and made them sit in the back of the classroom.

Olmsted is currently on paid leave. An education attorney representing three of the families involved has sent a letter to the school district demanding that Olmsted and the school's principal be fired.

Lastasha Tolbert's daughter is in Olmsted's class. Tolbert said Olmsted told her sixth grader she'd be standing on the street with a sign begging for money.

"He told the entire class that it is easier for him to teach rich white folks than poor black people," she said.

Tolbert said she took her concerns to the school's principals more than a dozen times, but nothing changed. So she transferred her daughter into another class.

Now, an attorney is involved, and Olmsted has been placed on paid leave for more than two weeks while the St. Paul School District investigates.

If the allegations are true, it raises the question of how guys like Olmsted get teaching jobs in the first place. Did he really think he'd get away with blatant racism in the classroom?

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Starpy1025
Starpy1025

The discussion on here is part of the problem.  A number of White people are ignorant of the facts.  They do not realize that more of them are on welfare than black peole.  They do not realize that more of them are standing on the ramps with signs.  They don't realize that more of them are on drugs--wnen it comes down to the numbers.  They look at mangled statistics and believe what they read.  Some people are so stupid that they would support such a racist.  These are people's children, and if the mother complained many times, why is she now looking for a handout all of a sudden.  I see why you did not use your real names.  I would not want people to know how stupid I was either.  Get an education!

Ackridgek
Ackridgek

I can't believe the ultra hate coming from *supposed* adults...this teacher needs his *** beat. He shouldn't be teaching anyone, anywhere, nothing...and all of the bad-***** on this thread...know they don't have the heart, and  wouldn't bust a grape, in a fruit fight.It's funny how the white hoods come off when typing on a *computer* because they know in their hearts half the **** they on-line they don't have the *heart* to say to any black man's face.

Darn good sub
Darn good sub

Where do we go from here? What does this mean for me? I think of the way the Pygmalion effect, the self-fulfilling prophecy that adults in authority influence children in their charge. Treat all students with dignity, and wrestle with your own attitudes about others. We communicate those attitudes, explicitly or implicitly, all the time.

Digimickey
Digimickey

Tim Olmsted was my child's 5th grade teacher and both she and I are black.  He was the best teacher she ever had.  He is her all time favorite teacher. He always volunteered for any event the school was putting on.  The man was not a racist. He was a friendly jovial caring teacher to all the students, even the troublemakers.  Unless he started taking drugs recently, I can't believe that the charges are true.

guest
guest

What ever happened to innocent till proven guilty???

Edward Eubanks
Edward Eubanks

My kid had Olmstead as a 2nd grade teacher at St. Anthony Park Elementary.  I was actually happy that my  son had a male teacher wince studies have whown that black male students start to tune out female students at that age.  Olmsted never demonstrated any racist sentiments to me or my child.  He seemed to be a good teacher whom taught my son well.

IF the accusations are true, I wonder what made him snap.

Showrespect13
Showrespect13

Yes, he did think he could get away with it...because teachers and administration in some red states have been getting away with this an more for years..now...At this time, they think they have permission to openly be racist because Fox tells them it's ok and the GOP shows it's ok..the NAACP needs to get involved and let them know it's not ok...NOT OK..AT ALL..

Linelyric
Linelyric

Some of the comments posted are negative, ignorant and just plain stupid.  This teacher should not be viewed as the victim, and the parent's background has what to do with how their child was treated a school? Focus please....Ignorance is running amuck in our community...

Surly Stan
Surly Stan

telling the truth in a classroom? come on now Tim, you shoulda known the commies wouldnt allow that.

Jody
Jody

Here's a joke:

What is the difference between a Conservative and a Liberal?

A Conservative is a Liberal who once got mugged by a black guy.

Sam I am.
Sam I am.

Lastasha Tolbert.Whatever happened to names like Jane or Nancy?

Also, I wonder if Latasha is a single mother?..............

LOL!

st. paul mom
st. paul mom

This teacher has a pretty thick history of inappropriate behavior. What you really should be asking is why did St. Paul schools keep bouncing him from school to school over the years? 

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

You start a sentence "If the allegations are true" suggesting that you understand due process and the presumption of innocence.  But then you end that sentence questioning "how guys like Olmsted get teaching jobs in the first place".

What if he didn't do it and these kids are just pissed about failing grades?  Apart from the thinly veiled assumptions that you make in this article I also see a failure in some of your logic.

Altogether unsurprising from the City Pages of late.

Tim Malone
Tim Malone

Paid leave? He should get a raise, everything he said is true. 

Maria J Meyer67
Maria J Meyer67

Well my kids had him as a teacher n they are white, they said they believe it to be true because they have seen it happen first hand! He should not be getting paid leave

Dnichs235
Dnichs235

i had him in second grade, he didnt put me in honers math when my mom wanted me to, now who's in honors algebra 1 at saint paul academy.

S. Abdul Otherwise Himself
S. Abdul Otherwise Himself

Kids from walking-waste-of-time parents come in all shapes, sizes and colors.  And inner city school districts are always going to drag behind suburban districts academically because they get more high-risk children, more kids with special needs and more kids who need extra funding for ESL, behavioral counseling or what have you.

But they're still kids.  There's still the faintest chance you can turn one or two or more around from becoming a permanent tax drain.  So it's worth the effort; for economic reasons it no other.  

When a teacher gets jaded enough to give up on them, it's time to go.

The mom could be lying, the kid could be lying, the teacher could be lying.  For now, we simply don't know.  Let's hope we get the truth...

Samuel Crusher
Samuel Crusher

he couldnt  hold back any longer and had to speak the truth about the pavement apes he's been hopelessly trying to manage for years. I feel sorry for the guy

Jenna Hill123
Jenna Hill123

There is something seriously wrong with some of the comments "people" left on here...to assume a child is lying due to their parent's criminal record or that a parent is lying because of a criminal record is ignorant..no where does the article state that the parent is suing for money just to get him and the principal who ignored the problem fired...but the parent should sue for money! and i am sure some of the racist ignorant fools on here would sue if a teacher allegedly made inappropriate comments to their children...

Richard Fabela
Richard Fabela

this guys a hero.

niglits are bad sh*t apples

from sh*t seeds

Real
Real

If the the school placed the teacher on leave, there must be enough evidence to support the accusations. To be honest, I can't how there wouldn't be.. the ENTIRE classroom witnessed the quoted racist comments. Other articles on this mention that the 5 kids were never in trouble before and none mention any disciplinary actions taken by teacher for classroom disruption. From the information we have so far, his actions are going to be very easily verified making the chances these kids are lying very weak. If he's guilty, schools going to let him go and will probably not reveal the results of their investigation to save face.

Rachel Madcow
Rachel Madcow

Racists like Bumstead have no place in the United States in this century. He should be stripped of his citizenship and exported.

Ch_Ch_Channing
Ch_Ch_Channing

Oh hey, I found some public data about a person who has the same name as the woman in mentioned in the article, so it must be her, there is no other explaination! That said, because this woman has any type of criminal history, her children and the children of other people who don't share my skin color absolutely deserve to be subject to racism, in a school, by their teacher, who is being paid with tax money.

White Libtards are NAIVE
White Libtards are NAIVE

Why wouldn't they say it to a black man's face?  Because the black man would beat him up?

Wow, you sure are doing a great job negating the "stereotype" of the impulsive, violent, stupid black.

Starpy1025
Starpy1025

Well, his three previous suspensions didn't make him quite innocent!

Starpy1025
Starpy1025

What an ignorant person you are.  Whether she is a single mother or not has no bearings on how her children should be treated.  I was a single, black mother because I was divorced, but I had a Masters Degree, and I paid tuition to keep my children from being influenced by people like you.  Check the statistics baby--more of you are on welfare!!! They just don't put your butts on the news.  People who have no feelings for children.  Wow. And you probably go to church and have to nerve to call yourself a Christian.

Leslie
Leslie

I'm sure she is and she's probably on public assistance too.  Single Black Mother. On Public Assistance.  With a lengthy criminal record.  Imagine that.  Now, she filing a lawsuit against the school.  Her welfare benefits must be coming to an end.

End racism now
End racism now

They didn't employed him to decribe anyone on how they look just do the job and teach.End racism now.

Saeichho
Saeichho

Dnichs235, Seeing as how you're rather advanced in Mathematics, perhaps you can prioritize your efforts toward your English Classes now.   

Aja1935
Aja1935

Sounds like you may have been in an inner-city classroom of any grade. The basic level of manners, courtesy, respect and civility are below any bar that the rest of society sets. I love how people who have not set foot in a school building judge. Spend a day!. I asked my State Senator once, when was the last time he spent a day in an inner city school, unannounced/unplanned? His response was, "They don't like when we do that."

Acquifer
Acquifer

And now they are suing for money, asking $150,000 per student. I didn't see this coming. Nope, not at all.

Sam I am.
Sam I am.

Jenna:  According to the New York Daily News:

"Olmsted was placed on paid leave two weeks ago, but an attorney representing three of the families in the classroom said she (Tolbert) will file a lawsuit if he and the school's principal are not fired."

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new... 

fear
fear

By the looks of those mongrels in that photo, they could easily pass for black.

Carl Miller
Carl Miller

"hero"? That's a stretch, did a horse apple just squirm its way out of your mouth? I'm guessing your statement was to get a rise out of everyone, but the fact that it drew 8 people out of their race box to "like" your adolescent comment is really no surprise.....closet bigots are nothing new, the internet feeds their desire to be intolerant and disgusting individuals, sociopaths really........

Onlask
Onlask

I wasn't going to dignify your comment with a response, but I've changed my mind. Is your IQ in the room temperature range due to laziness or what?    Ps. Your FB profile is embarrassing - I'd shut that down quick! Adios, pendejo!!!!  

Jennifer
Jennifer

RICHARD FABELA YOU ARE A STUPID SOB, IGNORANT ASSHOLE, AND A UNEDUCATED DICK

Swee2th
Swee2th

I bet you love that your comment links to your Facebook profile. Fucking racist piece of shit.

Real
Real

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/...

Looks like this is not the first or second time the teacher was suspended for inappropriate behavior and words. And while the school is not revealing their disciplinary actions, investigations are revealing more of his racist and lewd comments.

Hadenuf
Hadenuf

That's how you Bolsheviks have always done it isn't it.

Acquifer
Acquifer

Your reading comprehension skills are lacking.

1. I *asked* if it was the same Latasha Tolbert because there is a 31-year-old Latasha Tolbert in Ramsey County with a lengthy criminal record that includes crimes of deceit. Latasha Tolbert is not a common name and Ms. Tolbert looks to be in that age range, so I believe there is a decent chance that the two people are the same.

2. Where did I say that a criminal record would justify the mistreatment of her children? I was simply making the point that profit-driven crimes of deceit would cast serious doubt on her credibility because Ms. Tolbert stands to profit from any lawsuit.

3. You are the one jumping to conclusions in hearing one side of the story and treating the allegations as fact. I suspect you are being deliberately obtuse because part of you wants the allegations to be true and reinforce the idea that poor African-American children are victims of the school system rather than absentee fathers and a culture that places little value on education. (Granted, that culture is largely a legacy of our ugly and racist history, but denying those cultural tendencies will not help to level the playing field for future generations.)

Smellmyfingers2004
Smellmyfingers2004

You have to question the source. That's what I gathered from the comment. I didn't see any of the other stuff you speak of.

White Libtards are NAIVE
White Libtards are NAIVE

Christians are stupid. I'm an atheist.  There is absolutely no scientific evidence for "racial equality", and tons of scientific evidence against it.

Tim Malone
Tim Malone

most teachers are paid to indoctrinate students on the evils of the white man, despite the fact that the white man has added more to the liberal arts than all other races combined. 

PeedroPaula
PeedroPaula

Oh lord, he attended a local community college that I attended 35 years ago.  Ignorant racist fool.

Rachel Madcow
Rachel Madcow

I'm slightly disappointed. I tried to come up with something to arouse people's ire, but got only one bite. Even baited the hook with "Bumstead" and "exported" rather than "Olmsted" and "deported." Must have been too subtle.

Maybe Olmsted was trying to channel Dean Wormer: "Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son." 

Ch_Ch_Channing
Ch_Ch_Channing

1. Other commenters have used this person's criminal history that you provided as some sort of justification for the alleged behavior of the teacher. I would say that your ability to read everything on a page is lacking, but maybe you just skipped over the several other comments before you got to mine, I don't know. The the person listed in the criminal record and the person in the story could very well be the same person, but what does that have to do with what a bunch of 6th graders are saying? I wager nothing at all.

2. I didn't say you did, but you seem to imply it through your comment otherwise why bring it up when there was no mention of a lawsuit and you didn't search for the criminal records of the teacher or the principal. Or maybe you did and just didn't forgot mention them in your comment.

3. I've said nothing was fact at all, but to hear charges of racism against children and then look into the criminal past of the parent seems a little odd to me. If it the woman claiming her child was molested at school, would you automatically look into her criminal record and not that of the accused? It just seems crazy. 

And yes, I desperately want to believe that a teacher and principal would co-conspire to cruel to students, especially when it comes to race. Because then hey, I get proven right, this felon of a mother gets a pay day, and baby daddies get off the hook for not sticking around. You got me. I'm exposed, dang. Really? Seriously?  I agree that black pop-culture places little to no value on education or positive parenting, but I could cite any number of studies about our educational system that shows students of color are consistently underserved for numerous reasons. If you want we can go down that road, but its a silly road, my friend.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

I'm just glad we have a tottally not racist person like you around who immediately checks if the victims have a criminal history.  I'm sure you are tottally not racist and do it for all involved.  Out of curiousity I noticed you didn't comment on the teacher's criminal history.  I think its safe to assume you only looked up Latasha's criminal history.   Was it that she didn't look white to you?  I mean right.  So sorry about the slip of the tongue. 

wowreally..
wowreally..

Tim you must know these students to claim any of that is true... Ignorant!!! Get a clue and Blacks contributed much just low life white folks stole it and took credit for most of it!!! Act like you know what's true and what's false.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

You couldn't arouse people's ire because you are stupid and not funny  

woodman
woodman

That doesn't relate to this article at ALL. it's completely irrelevant because there's NO PROOF that the teacher even said anything.

fear
fear

In other words..

NI&&ER LOVER, right? Your pathetic attempt at "shaming" a decent human being into being the same human wreak that you are.

Saeichho
Saeichho

 I'm willing to bet "Acquifer" logically investigated the mother first, because we don't know a lot about her.  As a teacher, we already know Mr. O had to pass a background test at some point in his career. . . I think Acquifer presented a logical debate rather nicely. . .

Freudian slip of white/right, huh? You might find the term, "Psychological projection" very interesting...

Ps. You keep dragg'n Michelle's good name through the dirt when you want to "prove" your points... I wasn't going to vote for her anyway!

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