Another Madison teacher removed for using racial slur in school, principal says

Another Madison teacher removed for using racial slur in school, principal says

Another Madison West High School teacher is off the job after using a racial slur at school, the principal said Tuesday.

West Principal Karen Boran said in a letter to parents Tuesday afternoon that a substitute teacher is banned from teaching at Madison Metropolitan School District schools after using a slur around a student this week.

Madison school spokeswoman Rachel Strauch-Nelson said the incident took place last week and was reported by another staff member Tuesday.

In the new incident, a @MMSDschools substitute teacher used a racial slur in front of a student and is now banned from teaching at Madison schools, principal said Tuesday #news3

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“No matter the context or the circumstance, the use of racial slurs is unacceptable in our schools and throughout our community,” Boran wrote. “It does not represent who we are at West or in MMSD and will not be tolerated.”

Two other teachers, one at Madison East and one at Madison West, were removed from Madison classrooms in November after they reportedly used racial slurs.

Also in November, a Velma Hamilton Middle School teacher resigned from the district after she was accused of yelling the N-word at a 12-year-old student.

In a statement Wednesday, MMSD Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham condemned the slur incidents as “unacceptable, no matter what the context or the circumstance.” She said the district is looking into what it needs to do to diminish future incidents.

“In no way can we, as a community, accommodate or make excuses for actions that hurt the very students we have dedicated our lives to help,” Cheatham said. “This is not who we are in MMSD.”

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