A Highland Park High School teacher has been placed on administrative leave after a video surfaced on social media showing the teacher using “racist and foul” language at the school, according to school officials.
In the 24-second video, the teacher can be heard using the N-word. “They’re Black. And they’re the only f*cking N-word doing any work,” the teacher appears to say in the video. The context of the video is unclear.
In a joint statement to families and staff, St. Paul Superintendent Joe Gothard and Principal Char Hoff promised “immediate, aggressive action” to address the incident.
“The words and actions recorded in this video have caused harm to our Black students, their families, and our entire school community,” the statement read. “We strive to provide a safe, respectful and welcoming environment for every single child — and as educators, we should be held to a higher standard. This situation represents a failure on our part.”
The staff member is on standard administrative leave pending the findings of the district investigation.
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