Minnesota Choir Teacher Allegedly Used Racial Slur During Black History Month Discussion, Parents Say

A teacher from a Minnesota middle school is under fire for allegedly using a racial slur during a discussion about Black History Month.

Parents from the Heritage E-Stem Magnet Middle School told FOX 9 that during a discussion on Black History Month on Friday, the choir teacher used a racial slur during one of her lessons. Jennifer Cannon told the news station that her 8th-grade son was in the class when the teacher allegedly used the racial slur.

“She was quoting somebody from Brown v Board of Education [court case] and I said the simple solution would have been to paraphrase,” Cannon told the news station.

Cannon claims her son told her that one of the kids did tell her she shouldn’t have said that word, but she told the students that she “was quoting someone,” according to the news station.

Another parent, Sophia Perkins, told the news station she is offended by how the administrators handled the situation and claims this is not the first incident where she’s used racially insensitive words in the classroom. The teacher has been with the school district since 1991, according to FOX 9.

Screen Shot 2019-02-07 at 10 Heritage E-Stem Magnet Middle School in West St. Paul, Minnesota. Parents from the district claim that a choir teacher said a racial slur during a lesson about Black History Month. Screenshot/Google Maps

“When I heard that she was still there, I was shocked, because this has been a pattern for her,” Perkins told the news station.

Newsweek has reached out to School District 197 and the principal of the middle school but did not hear back in time for publication. The school district told FOX 9 that they are investigating the allegations against the teacher.

In December, a teacher in Wisconsin was placed on administrative leave after a video of her showed her repeatedly using a racial slur in front of her students. The video was recorded by a student at Bradford High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin on November 29, CBS 58 previously reported.

The Italian teacher, who remains unidentified, allegedly told students that she is allowed to use the racial slur because she had a black nanny when she was a child.

“I can say it,” the teacher said, according to the video obtained by CBS 58. The teacher then said the racial slur several times. She allegedly used the racial slur after one of the students in the classroom said it to another student, according to CBS 58. The teacher is alleged to have used the racial slur after one of the girls in the classroom said the word to another student.

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