George Floyd’s Second-Grade Teacher Shares His Essay On His Dream of Bringing Justice To The World
Jun 29th, 2020
Waynel Sexton was a second-grade teacher in 1981 at Frederick Douglass Elementary School in Texas. One of her students at that time was 8-year-old George Floyd.
She shared that back then, George was called by his teachers, family, and classmates, by his middle name, “Perry.” Floyd was known to be a quiet and kind boy. He was a “delight to have in the classroom.” Floyd also loved spending time with his friends.
Waynel had the habit of collecting papers and projects done by his students. And over the years, she has hundreds of them in her keeping. She binds them and makes their works into books. She does this so that she can always look back and remember all that she has done with her students.
After what happened to her former student, she decided to check one of George’s essay. She knew that she has that on one of her piles for the past 38 years. And when she found the essay, it was a touching and remarkable discovery.
She shared, “Each year, my class would do 2 or 3 big, major projects and I always kept one of those projects. And often it was this Black history project because I always asked the boys and girls what they wanted to be when they grew up. This was often the project I kept.
So I don’t only have Perry’s work. I taught at Douglass for 24 years, and so I have hundreds of papers. ”
During her interview with CNN, she said, “One of my favorite memories of Perry involves his report for Black History Month. Each day in the month of February, we studied a different famous Black American, and as a culmination to that study, I posed the question to my students: How will you impact the future. What will you do to make a difference.
So in response, each student wrote a story or an essay called ‘Future Famous Americans’ and described their aspirations. ”
On her Facebook post, she included photos of Floyd’s essay. She wrote, “I taught George Perry Floyd in second grade. He was a quiet student and a good boy. He wrote of becoming a Supreme Court judge. How could his dream have turned into the nightmare of being murdered by a police officer? It just breaks my heart.”
George Floyd wrote: “When I grow up, I want to be a Supreme Court judge. When people say, ‘Your Honor, he did rob the bank,’ I will say, ‘Be seated.’ And if he doesn’t, I will tell the guard to take him out. Then I will beat my hammer on the desk. Then [everybody] will be quiet.’”
His former second-grade teacher expressed her deep sadness after finding out that the man that was killed by a police officer was none other than her shy and quiet student from 38 years ago. “[I felt] a really deep down sadness. I think so many of us have had that response. Just devastation and sadness. Just a really deep down sadness. And my heart breaks for his family.”
Waynel Sexton and the rest of the world believe that even though George Floyd was not able to reach his dream career of becoming a judge, people will say that he will go down in history “as a man who changed America.”