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1923 Viewers Have A Sour Taste In Their Mouths After That Violent Boarding School Scene

For most of us, soap is a pleasant product that's used to clean our bodies. In the premiere of the latest "Yellowstone" spin-off, "1923," however, soap contributes to one of the episode's most shocking and violent scenes. The moment in question sees Teonna Rainwater (Aminah Nieves), a boarding school student, asked by her strict religious teacher to name the nine ingredients of soap. When Teonna can't recall the ingredients, the nun proceeds to beat her with a ruler, which causes the student to spring from her chair and start throwing fists.

That said, it's easy to sympathize with Teonna as the school isn't exactly enlightened when it comes to human rights. No one deserves to get beat up in class, especially over forgetting soap-themed trivia. Furthermore, the nun refers to Teonna as an "animal" and similar slurs, highlighting the mistreatment and prejudice that the girl faces at the institution.

However, while many "1923" viewers sided with the boarding school student, they were still shocked by the violent nature of the scene. Following the episode, some fans converged on social media to share their thoughts.

1923 fans can't get over the brutal boarding school scene

The boarding school scene in the "1923" premiere caught many viewers by surprise — and not in a good way. In fact, some fans who watched the episode, including Twitter user @sj62499, felt that the scene "should have had a trigger warning." This sentiment was shared by @MendezGilmore, who claimed it was "horrible" and unnecessary. "I think we could've done without that," they wrote.

For other viewers, the scene was enough to put them off "1923" for good — and possibly television shows as a whole. "1923 is a good reason I don't watch shows. Sick s***," @DavidfromMd2 wrote. "I have no want to see. Nuns beating schoolchildren. Awful."

Despite its brutality, though, other fans noted that the scene was necessary to highlight the persecution faced by Native American students back then, and they praised the "Yellowstone" prequel for going all in. "Love that #1923TV has incorporated the native perspective of the colonizing, Catholic schools," @oceanbluejeans said. "It's hard to watch but so impactful."