HOUSTON, Texas – Race became the topic of discussion in a theatrical arts class at Klein Collins High School last week and the teacher involved is now unemployed.
A recording made by a student shows the teacher using the “n-word” and making other offensive comments.
“I mean, if there’s a word you’re not supposed to say, why are you saying it?” Said one student in a smartphone recording from inside the classroom that was shared on social media.
“I don’t know,” the teacher said. “Why are the guys in my class going, you know, say, ‘man, ___ you’re crazy.’ Why are they saying this? And why is it because I’m a white man, can’t I say that? I can’t say the n-word.
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The white teacher wonders why there is no white history month with comments on other ethnic groups.
“At this time, I can tell you that this person is no longer employed by Klein ISD and we are still investigating this incident,” said Dayna Hernandez, Klein ISD’s associate superintendent for communications.
The district’s announcement came days after parents said they alerted the school to the video and wondered if that was the only reason the teacher had left.
“Your words, sir, were absolutely offensive,” activist Quanell X said at a press conference outside the school.
Several parents, including those whose children were in class, joined him.
“It’s ridiculous,” parent Adrian Lopez said. “It’s just hard to listen without getting angry.”
“It’s upsetting, it’s just really heartbreaking,” parent Jamie Oliver said.
They hope that the current investigation will include an examination of the past of this former teacher.
“Because if you’ve got that kind of mindset about blacks, Hispanics, and Indians, who knows what you’ve been doing with your notebook?” Said Quannel X.
There is no ongoing criminal investigation, which is why we do not name the teacher who did not answer KHOU’s phone calls.
Here is the full statement from Klein ISD:
“At Klein ISD, we pride ourselves on our ability to create safe spaces for every child in our schools. This former employee failed to do so and is no longer employed by Klein ISD.
Statements made by this former employee do not reflect our shared vision of the district, our employees, or anything about Klein ISD. We regret that our students have been impacted by this language, and if one of them wishes to speak to one of our advisers, we will make it available.
Every child deserves to feel safe and have a positive learning experience at school. We are deeply sorry that this former employee was unable to do this for our students.
This incident is still under investigation at this time. “
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