- A teacher in Texas was “separated” from her school after handing out a worksheet with insults and slander.
- The worksheet included words like “fat” and “ugly” as well as the N-word and R-word, per KXXV-TV.
- It was distributed to a small class of seventh graders with special learning needs in Killeen, Texas.
A Texas teacher was fired after handing out worksheets to special needs students filled with offensive insults and racial slurs.
The worksheets were given to a class of about a dozen seventh-grade students with special learning needs at Rancier Middle School, Killeen Independent School District Superintendent John Craft said at a news conference Friday.
Craft said the assignment was about “trigger words, and it escalated from there, obviously in the wrong direction.”
The vocabulary words used on the worksheets ranged from crude insults to slurs, including “fat,” “ugly,” and “bitch,” as well as the N-word and R-word. The words were shown in word scramble, fill-in-the-blank and matching exercises, according to KXXV-TV.
“We will not tolerate this type of activity,” Craft said. “We are still continuing to investigate, and we want to make sure this type of incident does not occur in other classrooms across the district.”
The teacher who relayed the assignment “is no longer employed by the district,” Craft said, adding that it was their first year employed by the district. The mission did not receive prior approval from administrators — nor did it want to, Craft said.
“We’re about doing the right thing,” Craft said at the news conference. “That’s how we respond to these incidents. I think we’ve taken quick and immediate and appropriate action so far.”
Craft said the district had contacted the parents and students affected and noted that they are “coping as best they can.”
The superintendent added that the district will “grow” from the “horrific” incident.
“We’re the fourth most diverse school district in the state of Texas, and we’re growing from that. We’re starting to look at cultural biases and the challenges that obviously still exist throughout our community. We always have to maintain that growth mindset. How do we do ourselves more inclusive as a truly diverse school district, a diverse community, so that all of our students and all of our cultures feel valued?” Craft said.