But officials had refused to say they’d stop until Thursday afternoon, when Assistant Superintendent for Cobb County Elementary Schools Robin Lattizori emailed a letter Davis considered “cold” and only in the interest of protecting the school.
A copy of the letter sent to Corrie Davis regarding a Civil War dress up activity at Big Shanty Elementary School in Cobb County.
“The lack of care toward my family is overwhelming to me right now,” Davis said shortly after receiving the letter.
School officials did not return mulitple requests for comment by the AJC.
While the school — but not necessarily the district — agreed to change the curriculum for dressing in Civil War attire, Davis said she asked for more in conversations with officials.
Davis said her son doesn’t feel like he can get a fair shot with the principal now and spin-off conversations about race among the students is getting out of control.
The Civil War Day dress up instructions sent by Big Shanty Elementary School in Kennesaw. (Credit: Corrie Davis)
Davis said she wants an expert from outside of Cobb to help students navigate these difficult conversations that stem from the Sept. 22 simulation. The instructions for dress up day included:
"BE CREATIVE and use your resources to ensure that your costume is as accurate as possible," the Georgia school's note informed parents. It included a small picture of a man in Civil War dress with what appears to be one of several flags used by the Confederate States of America.
The mother of two wants the school district to intervene and ask for more professional devleopment, such as diversity and sensitivity training for school officials and teachers.
She’s also still waiting for a formal apology.
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The students also held a sit-in on the campus green, where Olens installation celebration was simultaneously taking place.