HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The Beaufort County School District is investigating after a black woman complained that a white teacher told her son he should go back to Africa.

Nicole Whitmore tells The Island Packet of Hilton Head her 14-year-old son was sitting with other students during the Pledge of Allegiance on Tuesday when the teacher asked them to stand.

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Whitmore says her son told a friend it didn’t matter whether they stood because “Donald Trump is going to send us back to Africa.” Whitmore says the teacher then told her son he should go back.

District spokesman Jim Foster says officials are investigating. Foster didn’t release the Battery Creek High School teacher’s name.

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The district has reminded teachers that state law requires schools to make time for the pledge but students do not have to participate or stand.

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Information from: The Island Packet, http://www.islandpacket.com

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