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Teacher Sued: Calls Teen 'The Dumbest Girl I Ever Met'

| by Karin Sun
Shaniaya Hunter with her attorney, mother, and auntShaniaya Hunter with her attorney, mother, and aunt

A Greene County, Georgia high school student is filing a lawsuit against a history teacher who insulted her in front of the entire class. 

Shaniaya Hunter, an eleventh grader at Greene County High School, said she was in class on Dec. 14, 2015, when she asked her U.S. History teacher, Cory Hunter, to repeat the name of someone he was lecturing about, Lake Oconee News reported.

Shaniaya said she was recording the lecture on her school-issued iPod at the time, and captured the teacher's response to her, according to WSB-TV.

Hunter is recorded telling Shaniaya, "You know, you are the dumbest girl I've ever met in my life and I have been around 37 years and clearly you are the dumbest girl I have ever met."

He continued, "You know what your purpose is going to be? To have sex and have children because you ain't ever gonna be smart."

The teen, who had missed some school due to an eye condition and was trying to catch up before a test, said she was deeply affected by Hunter's comments.

"It really hurt me inside," she told WSBTV.

She added that Hunter had been making derogatory remarks to her since September 2015, and that he frequently insults other students in the class, as well.

After Shaniaya's mother, Cathy Wright, and aunt, Christie Lockhart, heard the recording, they contacted the school district to ask that the teacher be disciplined. Although a school superintendent assured them that something would be done, Hunter has not been suspended or terminated from his position.

In light of the school's apparent inaction, Shaniaya and her family are planning to sue Hunter for injury to peace, happiness, and feelings. They have contacted an attorney, Ben Windham, who is taking the case pro bono.

"This man does not need to be teaching young children. It's not a gray area. End of story," Windham told WSBTV.

Shaniaya said she has been afraid to return to class following eye surgery in January 2016 because of what Hunter may say to her.

"To be honest, I really want to be done with his class so I do not have to see his face again,” Shaniaya said, according to Lake Oconee News. “I hope that in my senior year I do not have to walk into school and see his face again. I really hope so. My little sister is in the ninth grade. I don’t want her to go to her class and him say stuff like that to her."

Lockhart said Hunter's mean-spirited remarks will affect her niece's life later on.  

"I can imagine when she gets older and she does get ready to be a mom or want a family, even then I can see her thinking back to that moment and what that man said," Lockhart told Lake Oconee News.

Shaniaya, who earns mostly As and Bs in school, plans to attend college in order to pursue a career in the medical field. 

Sources: WSBTV, Lake Oconee News / Photo credit: Lake Oconee News

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