‘Do you know your father?’ School employee under investigation after alleged inappropriate questions

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. — A Collierville mother said her daughter endured racism and stereotypes from an employee at Collierville High School. Now, the mother is demanding answers.

Tiffany Douglass is outraged after she said a white Collierville High School employee asked her daughter, an 11th grader, a series of stereotypical questions while she was in in-school suspension Wednesday.

“Do you know your father? Is your father in your life? Does all of your mother’s kids have the same father?” said Douglass.

Douglass said her daughter got in-school suspension Wednesday after she got into an argument with her teacher about charging a school-issued device in class.

“I said, ‘I’m on the way up there. I would like to talk to that particular teacher,’” said Douglass.

Douglass said when she confronted the employee in the office, the woman admitted to making the comments.

“I was like, ‘Do you think that’s appropriate to ask her does she know her father?’ She was like, ‘No, ma’am. I have other students.’ You know what, it was just a stupid question,” said Douglass.

A stupid question that Douglass said she would like to see lead to this employee getting fired.

“I would like to see the teacher removed and a formal apology,” she said.

FOX13 reached out to Collierville Schools for a statement about what happened.

Assistant Superintendent Jeff Jones said an investigation is underway and sent FOX13 the following statement.

“Yesterday, Collierville High School received a report of a potentially inappropriate conversation between an employee and a student. The administration immediately began an investigation to determine the details of, and circumstances surrounding, the alleged incident. Once complete, a report of findings will be forwarded to the Department of Human Resources. Collierville Schools Board of Education Policy 5.610 expects that staff members will develop ‘wholesome and constructive relationships’ with students, while maintaining ‘professional relationships with [them] at all times.’ Failure on the part of any employee to abide by these expectations will result in appropriate corrective action. Our Student Services Department, meanwhile, is prepared to provide any necessary resources to assist with the social-emotional needs of the affected student.”