KANKAKEE, Unwell. (TOC) — The varsity board unanimously voted to fireplace a instructor caught on video allegedly calling a scholar a racial slur, however the household of the coed concerned in that encounter mentioned that motion got here weeks too late.
“I am offended. I am annoyed. And my coronary heart is damaged,” mentioned Kankakee Faculty District 111 Board Secretary Tracy Verrett.
Michael Nelson Jr., a tenth grader, was the coed concerned within the incident final Thursday in a classroom at Kankakee Excessive Faculty.
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“It is actually onerous to explain. I simply cannot, you recognize… I am simply mentally shocked,” Nelson mentioned.
Nelson mentioned he was referred to as the N-word by his math instructor as he walked out of sophistication following a verbal dispute.
“There may be completely utter disdain and horror at what occurred in that classroom,” mentioned Kankakee Faculty District 111 Board Member Christopher Bohlen.
The district mentioned hours after the incident, the first-year instructor, recognized as John Donovan, was positioned on paid depart.
“There may be completely nothing that any scholar can do to deserve having that phrase used towards them,” mentioned Kankakee Faculty District 111 Superintendent Genevra Walters.
On Monday night time, the college board voted unanimously to fireplace him.
However Nelson and his household are nonetheless demanding solutions. They mentioned the instructor ought to have been faraway from that class earlier due to one other encounter with Nelson final month, throughout which he allegedly threw a e-book at him.
“I imply, that is battery. He attacked him, and the college did nothing. The varsity did nothing to guard him,” mentioned Kevin O’Connor, an legal professional for the Nelson household.
Donovan didn’t instantly return requests for remark.
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