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California nonprofit pledges donations to West Baltimore school where teacher berated class and used racial epithet

A California nonprofit has pledged to ship books to the West Baltimore school where a teacher berated her clas

The viral video of a Baltimore teacher berating students and using a racial epithet left Katie Ishizuka devastated in San Diego.

As mother to two biracial boys, she was shaken by the teacher's rant. She pledged to help the West Baltimore school through her nonprofit to combat racism with literacy.

On Giving Tuesday, all donations to her nonprofit will be spent on books for the library at Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School.

"We want to be part of a solution so that our children have a better future than we have right now," said Ishizuka, director of The Conscious Kid National Children's Social Justice Library.

She hopes to donate 100 diverse books,featuring children of various races and backgrounds, to help grow the school's library. Their goal is to promote self-esteem and protective factors against discrimination.

Two weeks ago, the teacher was captured by cellphone video shouting at her classroom of middle school students. If you don't get an education, she yelled, you will wind up being "a punk-ass n— — who's going to get shot."

School officials said she was fired. Harlem Park is mostly black; the teacher is white. School officials, the teachers union and city leaders denounced the teacher's actions. The video drew concern from across the country.

"Its a very real issue for us," Ishizuka said. "We were deeply affected."

The nonprofit will buy the books and ship them to the Baltimore school. All donations until midnight Tuesday will be spent on books for the school.

On Wednesday, Ishizuka said they raised $550 for the books.

tprudente@baltsun.com

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