School in Bloomfield Addressing Teacher's Use of Offensive Racial Word in Class

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NBC News

A teacher at the Global Experience Magnet School in Bloomfield is accused of using a highly offensive racial word in class and the school is speaking with students to address it, according to the superintendent.

Bloomfield’s superintendent of schools, Dr. James Thompson Jr., said a teacher used a highly offensive racial slur in class in an apparent attempt to have a teachable moment,

Thompson said that while the term was not directed toward any student or faculty member, the use of the word will not be tolerated by the district in any form or any setting.

Students at GEMS are in grades 6 through 12.

Thompson said the school is holding assemblies to assure students that there’s zero-tolerance for offensive language in the school.

He also said class time has been set aside for students to discuss their feelings about the situation.

He added that personnel matters are confidential, and the district will not comment on specific disciplinary actions taken, but the school district takes the situation very seriously and is responding appropriately.

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