New York Daily News writer and activist Shaun King posted a video (below) on his Facebook page Nov. 16 of a white teacher dropping the N-word on her African-American students.
King wrote on Facebook:
Oh hell no! A student just sent this to me. This white teacher at Harlem Park Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland literally said to a classroom full of Black students, "You are going to be a bunch of broke ass n******* who get shot."
WBFF notes that the teacher kicked a black male student out of class, called the rest of the kids "idiots" and told them they "were going to be a bunch of broke ass n****** who's gonna get shot."
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Baltimore City Public Schools officials said in a statement to the news station on Nov. 17:
Yesterday a middle school science teacher at Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School engaged in verbally abusive behavior and made racially charged comments directed at students. The teacher involved in the incident is no longer employed by City Schools.
At Baltimore City Public Schools, we are committed to creating positive and equitable learning environments in school communities where all members are welcome, supported, and valued. No form of discriminatory behavior of any kind is or will be tolerated.
Baltimore schools CEO Sonja Santelises said that she was "appalled" by the teacher's behavior in the video, reports The Baltimore Sun, and recalled that the instructor had been hired through the Baltimore City Teaching Residency (BCTR) program.
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According to Santelises, BCTR teachers undergo training that includes courses in diversity, which this science teacher had taken.
Santelises told reporters at a press conference:
In the current climate, we at city schools are very, very clear about where we stand with hate speech, any kind of obviously discriminatory language.
The behavior in that video was not about a teacher trying to regain control of the class.The focus of our reaction was really about the way that teacher went about it and, frankly, the way that young people were treated and addressed. And it was inappropriate.