The woman, who has been identified as Mariah Webb, 29, is an English teacher at Sheridan Junior High School in Sheridan, Wyoming with a degree from Chadron State College.
This week, Webb shared a video on TikTok in which she smirked while showing off a black do-rag — which was one of the ‘things that my kids bring to school that I get to confiscate,’ she said — and then draped the item over her head and said it looked ‘like pantyhose.’
After the video was shared by another TikTok user who called Webb the ‘racist of the day,’ Webb issued an apology for her ‘cultural insensitivity’ and ‘lack of education’ before deleting her TikTok account altogether.
Trouble: Mariah Webb, 29, an English teacher at Sheridan Junior High School in Wyoming, has come under fire for bragging on TikTok that she confiscated a do-rag
Boasting: Webb shared a video on TikTok in which she smirked while showing off a black do-rag, which was one of the ‘things that my kids bring to school that I get to confiscate,’ she said
In the original clip that Webb posted on her account, she held up a black do-rag that she said she had confiscated from a student at school.
‘Looks like pantyhose,’ she said derisively before draping the do-rag over her head and making a face.
‘”Don’t bring your mom’s pantyhose to school” — me, and adult,’ she captioned the video.
While do-rags (or durags) have become a fashion statement in recent decades, they also serve a practical purpose in protecting hair and holding a a hairstyle in place.
Most commonly, the soft, stretchy fabric is used to create waves in curly hair.
They are widely viewed as an important part of black culture and history, with Byrdie writer Saleam T. Singleton describing do-rags as ‘defining decades of Black American culture’ in a piece published in January.
Though Webb likened it to pantyhose, it would be difficult to mistake a do-rag for stockings, since do-rags have no enclosed areas to fit legs, but rather one longer piece of fabric that’s rounded into a head shape on one end and flanked by two thinner pieces to tie it together.
Do-rags are also not against the school’s dress code.
‘Looks like pantyhose,’ she said derisively before draping the do-rag over her head and making a face
Job: Webb is a teacher at Sheridan Junior High School in Wyoming
Webb has since deleted the video — but not before it caught the attention of other TikTokers, including user @auntkaren0 who reposted it two days ago and blasted Webb as racist.
‘Now Mariah, the devil works hard but we work harder,’ she said, showing how she found the teacher’s identity.
‘I gotta say, I am wondering if the high school knows that you enjoy purposely confiscating your black students’ do-rags and then, of course, wearing them like “pantyhose,” you say? Well I have some questions,’ she added, indicating that she emailed Webb’s school.
DailyMail.com has also reached out to the school for comment.
Other app users have also blasted Webb, with one asking why Webb is ‘proud of herself’ for ‘bullying a child.’
‘If she’s taking durags is she taking scrunchies, headbands, hair ties, and other hair care/protection products?’ asked one. ‘Making fun of them? Doubt it.’
‘The spin around in the chair thinking she’s something,’ wrote another.
Sorry: Webb has apologized after social media users called her ‘racist’ and complained that she bullied a student by mocking the headwear online
Excuses: Webb called the lapse ‘cultural insensitivity’ and insisting it was due to ‘lack of education’
Several said that Webb choosing to confiscate the do-rag wasn’t the main issue, but rather that she was ‘practically bragging about it and mocking them.’
Many, meanwhile, were simply hung up by the way Webb pronounced the word confiscate as ‘confinscate.’
As her video earned more attention, Webb followed up with an apology, calling the lapse ‘cultural insensitivity’ and insisting it was due to ‘lack of education.’
‘I owe every single person who saw my video yesterday an apology for my cultural insensitivity,’ she said.
‘I would like to say that I am not justifying any actions that I did, however, I would please ask for some forgiveness, due to the context of the situation and my lack of education.
‘The black item, that I found out was a do-rag from TikTok, was taken away from a white student who had it wrapped around his neck in my class,’ she claimed.
‘I did not find this to be very appropriate, so I took it from him and thought it was just another silly item that my students were bringing to class.
‘The reality of the situation is, I posted that on TikTok thinking that they were pantyhose, and put them on my head because sometimes I do silly things like that for my students. And it was very offensive and I apologize and I will never let it happen again.’