Another Day, Another Teacher, Another Racial Slur

Another Day, Another Teacher, Another Racial Slur

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For the sixth time since November 1, a Madison Metropolitan School District teacher has been removed after using a racial slur against a student.

Madison West principal Karen Boran, in an email to parents Tuesday, said she had been made aware of a incident that “involved a substitute teacher using an inappropriate racial slur in the presence of a student.” The email said the substitute would not be working in the district again.

District spokeswoman Rachel Strauch-Nelson told the Wisconsin State Journal that the incident, which took place last week, was reported by another staff member on Monday.

It’s the second incident at West in recent months. The previous incident, on November 16, involved a full-time teacher who district administrators say will also not return to the school. Another incident at East High School in November involved a substitute teacher, who will not return to the district, and another at La Follette in late December involved a teacher, who will also not return to the district. Similar incidents at Hamilton and Jefferson Middle Schools  resulted in a teacher resignations.

No further details of the latest incident were available. Madison365 left messages with district administrators Tuesday evening asking whether the district had any plans to address the rash of racial slurs used by teachers; these messages were not immediately returned.

Any Madison Metropolitan School District students or parents who knows details of these or any other incidents are encouraged to email news@madison365.org.

Written by Robert Chappell

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