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N-word epidemic in North Florida?



Staff and administrators in the Escambia County School District are using the n-word loosely and should be sanctioned by the state, charges the Pensacola chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

The SCLC, which just fired off this letter to Florida Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith, wants the Department of Education to either suspend or revoke the teaching certificates of a half-dozen district employees who it says are violating the teacher code of ethics by using or tolerating racist language.

"This organization will not idly stand by and turn our heads to the use of the 'n' word with minority children or any children in Florida," writes the group's president and CEO, Art Rocker. The group is holding a news conference this morning to address what it calls an n-word "epidemic."

The SCLC list does not include a seventh-grade reading teacher who prompted this story in the Pensacola News Journal this morning. In an e-mail, the teacher, who is white, allegedly referred to a black custodian as "the n" and "Miss Maid." The teacher told the newspaper that she "made an inexcusable and stupid mistake."

Ron Matus, State Education Reporter


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:20am]


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