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By Matt Harding     Nov 11, 2010 in World
The father of a black student is suing a Macomb County, Michigan school district claiming that his daughter was racially harassed by a fifth grade teacher's reading aloud from a book about slavery.
As The Macomb Daily first reported, Warren Consolidated Schools are being sued because of a book on slavery.
The suit claims Jala Petree's fifth grade teacher at Margaret Black Elementary School in Sterling Heights read excerpts from Julius Lester's From Slave Ship to Freedom Road. The book contains racist characterizations and also uses the 'N' word.
Jala's father, Jamey Petree, filed the suit and is seeking more than $50,000 in damages.
District spokesperson Bob Freehan has said the districts hasn't yet been served with the suit, but plans a "vigorous defense." He tells The Associated Press parts of the book were read last school year during Black History Month.
"I tried long and hard to get answers and an explanation from the school," he said.
Jala's dad did pull her from the district after the incident.
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