Video has surfaced of a Baltimore teacher calling a classroom full of black students the N-word. The incident occurred on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School.
A distressed parent uploaded the video to Facebook, whereupon it went viral. The teacher can be seen grabbing a student by his hooded sweatshirt. She then yells at the student to “get out,” before ushering him out the door. When the student leaves, she then turns on the rest of the class, calling them n*****s and “idiots.”
“You have the chance to get an education, but you want to be a punk-a** n***** who’s gonna get shot.”
The teacher has since been fired. A statement released by Baltimore City Public Schools reads, “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.”
Dr. Sonja Santelises, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, hosted a press conference about the incident. She claims she was appalled when she first saw the video.
“In the current climate, we in city schools are very, very clear about where we stand with any kind of hate speech, any kind of obvious discriminatory language,” Santelises stated. “The behavior in that video was not about a teacher trying to regain control of the class.”
Santelises also went on to explain that while many educators struggle with classroom management, they don’t all resort to racial slurs.
The teacher, whose identity has not been released, was a second-year science teacher. Parents whose children attend the school were visibly shaken by the incident. However, they did express their relief that the teacher was fired. Some even said that if the teacher hadn’t of been fired, they would have transferred schools.