Lower Middle School (Source: WAFB-TV screen shot)
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“It is our expectation that every child will be treated with the upmost respect.”
The first day of school took an awkward twist in a Louisiana middle school last week, as a parent's complaint prompted an investigation into whether the school's only social studies teacher used racial slurs against students.
One parent reportedly filed a complaint against the teacher Lois Polite at Lowery Middle School in Donaldsonville, La., WAFB-TV reports.
Shemika Landry, the parent who filed the complaint, told the station that the teacher, “frequently calls the kids the 'N' word in the classroom, belittling them calling them stupid.”
Landry further claimed the teacher told students, “They can call their maw and send them to the school with their booty shorts on and their high heels but it wasn't going to change anything because she was the only social studies teacher there and they needed her.”
The Ascension Parish School System has started an investigation, and Polite is still teaching. The teacher was not quoted defending herself, but the school district issued a statement.
"We have the highest professional standards for our teachers,” the statement said. “It is our expectation that every child will be treated with the upmost respect.”
The school district spokesman Johnnie Balfantz told WAFB, “Really we can't say a whole lot about the allegations other than we received a complaint and we did an investigation internally and we are handling it as a personnel issue."
Although it is only an allegation at this point, the school district offered an apology. Landry said that's not enough.
“She should be terminated,” Landry said. “If I would go on my job and use that type of language I would be immediately terminated.”
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