DeKalb County teacher removed after using racial slur in classroom

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A teacher at McNair High School was removed from the classroom after using the “n-word” while addressing a student, according to DeKalb County School officials.

The incident happened recently and was captured on cell phone video.

Community members spoke with FOX 5's Marissa Mitchell Monday about the ordeal.

"I have three kids and I definitely don't want anybody calling them out of their name and disrespecting them like that," Parent Latrece Scott told Mitchell. "How is a student supposed to be able to perform when a teacher doesn't care about them?"

Priscilla Davenport's daughter graduated from McNair High last year. She remains active in the area. She's disturbed the teacher used the racial slur.

"You may hear others say that but, when you send your child to school, you expect somebody of authority to talk to them and teach them better," Davenport said.

District leaders said the teacher was removed. However, they are still working to gather details on whether she is on leave or terminated. The district sent the following statement to FOX 5.

“The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will never tolerate the classroom behavior depicted in the video. This conduct is completely intolerable and completely contrary to our district’s tenets and core principles. The district requires that its employees behave in a manner that is professional, civil and a positive example for our students. We are very disappointed that did not occur in this instance. Our young people should never be subjected to such demeaning behavior.

“Following due process, DCSD will act swiftly and decisively to hold employees accountable for their actions.”