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California teacher repeatedly urges hesitant student to use racial slur

A middle school student in Fontana, California, asked her teacher to teach her a word from a book she was reading in her English class.

An eighth grader at Sequoia Middle School was reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain when he came across the N word. In a video shot by one of her classmates, the teacher repeatedly asks her to say the word even though she feels uncomfortable using that type of language. I saw you giving orders.

The teacher argued that since slander is just a word and is in the dictionary, we should be able to say it.

The student’s classmates also felt uncomfortable with the exchange.

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A middle school student in Fontana, California, asked his teacher for help when he began demanding that he say words that were racist and slurs about words he read in a book he was reading in English class. I was. (iStock)

Some students told Fox 11 that the foreign-born teacher may not have understood that the word could be offensive, but others would not use it. You should know that.

The student who recorded the video was kicked out of the classroom after his mother raised the issue with school officials.

Other students in the class said the teacher was still bringing up the exchange.

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The teacher was seen in the video repeatedly instructing the students to use racial slurs, which seemed offensive to use that type of language.

The teacher was seen in the video repeatedly instructing the students to use racial slurs, which seemed offensive to use that type of language. (Peter Kneffel/Picture Alliance)

In a letter to school families and staff, the Fontana Unified School District said it was aware of the incident.

“Although we recognize that this derogatory term comes from a novel first published in the late 1800s and that it is important to consider the historical context when discussing literature, the district We do not condone the use of words used in or outside the context of discussing novels,” reads the district letter.

The teacher insisted that slander is just a word and is in the dictionary.

The teacher insisted that slander is just a word and is in the dictionary. (iStock)

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“Fontana Unified is currently investigating this situation,” the letter continues. “While we are unable to provide additional details at this time, please be assured that the school district takes all reports of this and offensive language seriously and will address the matter promptly and take necessary action.”

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