Illinois Teacher Repeatedly Calls Students ‘N*gger’ and ‘Slave’ After They Object To ‘African-American’
A substitute teacher in a Chicago suburb will no longer be employed at Jay Stream Middle School in Carol Stream after repeatedly calling students the N word and referring to them as slaves while speaking to a group of 8th graders.
According to NBC Chicago, four 13-year-old students say they were in a social studies class working on a project about the Cold War last Wednesday when a substitute teacher approached them and called them “African American.”
[su_center_ad]”All four of us that were sitting there got offended because none of us are from Africa. I’m Jamaican. So we said, ‘Can you please not call us that?” Mea Thompson, one of the students said. “She continued to call us that and said, ‘It’s the politically correct term.’ Then she said, ‘Well, back then you guys would be considered the N-word.”
“We were so shocked and we were like, ‘What? Excuse me?'” Thompson said. “She was like, ‘Well, back then that’s what African Americans were called.'”
Over the 80-minute class period, the students said she repeated the racial slur and also referred to them as slaves.
It go so bad that one student threw down her books and others began crying, according to the student.
“I just want people to know how much it affected us and I don’t want this to happen to anybody else,” student Zaria Daniel said.
The school district confirmed on Tuesday that the teacher had been interviewed and did corroborate the girls’ description of the incident.
A district spokesperson said the substitute teacher will not be asked back to the school, according to NBC.
Thompson’s mother, Shayna Thompson, said the punishment isn’t enough.
“After the shock and hurt, I’m angry,” she said. “It’s a new world, and the people of the past that still hang onto hatred and bigotry don’t belong in this world anymore.”
She said she is looking into whether the incident could be considered a hate crime.
Local Police said they are aware of the incident and are investigating the matter.
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