An employee at a middle school in Phoenix was recorded on camera using a racial slur last week.
The three-second video, taken by a student of the Paradise Valley Unified School District, shows the unnamed man walking through the bus aisle and saying “I don’t want to hear the N***** word anymore.” It appears the man wanted students to stop saying the word, but CBS 5 reports that parents within the district wonder why he had to say the n-word to make his point.
“This is a very, very pivotal point for kids, and they really need adults to be strong role models,” after-school enrichment teacher Jodi Light told CBS 5. “And it is shocking and it is wrong under any circumstance. It’s not appropriate. Teachers, principals… they should be very sensitive and very self-aware, and it is damaging for all kids to hear that word in the air.”
The district told CBS 5 that the video is currently being investigated and that the employee has not returned to campus since.