A high school teacher in Alabama admitted to using a racial slur when complaining about a song students played in class last week.
Hoover High School teacher Teddie Butcher, who is white, was placed on paid administrative leave this week after telling students to “turn the n*gger tunes off” when a black student played “Dear Mama” by acclaimed hip-hop artist Tupac, AL.com reported.
Video of the incident was reportedly posted to Snapchat, though students said an assistant principal made them delete it. Students and parents then complained to the school administration.
Butcher usually allows her students to play music in her food and nutrition class, but told the school superintendent she was bothered by “foul language” in the 1995 song. According to the lyrics and parent Shenita Morrow — whose daughter put on the song — there is no profanity in the track. According to school officials, Butcher then admitted to using the slur and apologized to the students on Monday, and met privately with Morrow and her daughter.
The incident is still under investigation and some parents have called for Butcher’s firing, but Morrow said she was especially concerned by the “comfort level” had about using the racial slur in the classroom.
“After meeting with her, it’s just baffling to me how someone does not understand the severity of the weight of that word,” she said.
AL.com reported that Hoover High School is the largest high school in the state, with nearly 2,900 students. The student body is 28 percent black, 7 percent Hispanic, 6 percent Asian and 55 percent white.