BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Baltimore City teacher is under fire after making racial comments towards students.
Video shows the teacher at Harlem Park Middle School calling African American students the n-word. Now, WJZ has learned she is no longer employed.
The video is going viral. A science teacher at Harlem Park Middle School was trying to maintain order, when she called students the n-word.
Parents whose children go to the West Baltimore school are left disgusted
“She very disrespectful and she should not be teaching anybody’s kids,” said Nicole Washington.
“It’s wrong. How can you call kids [expletive] when you’re working in a black school?” said Lanella Andrews.
Baltimore City Public Schools released a statement, saying:
“Yesterday a middle school science teacher at Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School engaged in verbally abusive behavior and made racially charged comments directed at students. The teacher involved in the incident is no longer employed by City Schools.
At Baltimore City Public Schools, we are committed to creating positive and equitable learning environments in school communities where all members are welcome, supported, and valued. No form of discriminatory behavior of any kind is or will be tolerated.”
The incident happened Tuesday, but wasn’t reported to Baltimore City Public Schools until Wednesday.
“When I immediately viewed the video, I was appalled,” said Dr. Sonja Santelises, CEO, Baltimore City Public Schools.
Dr. Sonja Santelises says once the video was reviewed with how the comments were made, the decision to terminate the teacher was an easy one.
“The behavior in that video was not about a teacher trying to regain control of the class,” Dr. Santelises said.
Behavior some parents fear will have a crushing impact on their children.
“When you start calling us out of our names and things like that, that makes our children feel some kind of way,” said Delores Ushry.
City Council President Jack Young released a statement, saying:
Baltimore City Public Schools say the incident is still being reviewed.