School worker ‘who was filmed using the N-word twice in front of a black pupil’ is suspended


School worker ‘who was filmed using the N-word twice in front of a black pupil’ is suspended

  • School worker ‘filmed allegedly using the N-word twice’ has been suspended
  • Female member of staff allegedly used racial slur in front of a black student
  • YouTube clips show worker appearing to ask: ‘Am I not allowed to use ‘n*****’?’

A school worker who was filmed allegedly using the N-word twice in front of a shocked black student has been suspended. 

Wilmington Academy in Kent is investigating after a pupil recorded the woman allegedly using the racial slur twice on Tuesday.

In clips which were posted on YouTube, the staff member appears to ask: ‘Hang on, am I not allowed to use the word n*****?’

The shocked black student replies: ‘What?’ – causing the white school worker repeats herself before the pupil says: ‘No.’

She then allegedly presses: ‘Why not?’ – before the young girl replies: ‘Because it’s a disrespectful word to black people.’

In a second clip the same member of staff can be heard repeating the word again.

She allegedly says: ‘In the slave time, the slave trade, it’s where that word came from yeah. Ne**o, n****r, right?’

A Wilmington Academy spokesperson said: ‘Yesterday evening we were made aware of a video circulating on social media that appears to show a member of our support staff at Wilmington Academy using a racially derogatory term during a discussion with a student.

‘The member of staff involved has now been suspended pending a full formal investigation into the incident.

A school worker who was filmed allegedly using the N-word in front of a shocked black student twice has been suspended

Wilmington Academy in Kent is investigating after a pupil recorded the woman allegedly using the racial slur twice on Tuesday

Wilmington Academy in Kent is investigating after a pupil recorded the woman allegedly using the racial slur twice on Tuesday

‘The student in the video will receive any necessary support they require from senior leaders and specialist trained staff.

‘Wilmington Academy and Leigh Academies Trust does not tolerate the use of any racially derogatory language by staff or students and treats any such breach extremely seriously.

‘As a Trust we serve a diverse community that expects us to uphold the highest standards of equality and inclusion and as such we will be taking proactive steps to prevent any incidents like this occuring in the future.’

The clip has been circulating online, amassing several hundred views so far on YouTube and thousands of likes on Twitter.

In clips which were posted on YouTube, the staff member appears to ask: 'Hang on, am I not allowed to use the word n*****?'

In clips which were posted on YouTube, the staff member appears to ask: ‘Hang on, am I not allowed to use the word n*****?’

Furious social media users rushed to share their disgust at the racist language.

Jus Tamuno, a former student, wrote: ‘I’m embarrassed to say I attended this secondary school.’

Vanessa said: ‘She should know better, plus Google is free and she looks way too grown for her not to know that it’s not okay to say stuff like that no?’

Wilmington Academy was visited by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson earlier this year as schools reopened.

In a video posted to the Department for Education’s Twitter feed, Mr Williamson commends the school’s efforts in setting up Covid-19 testing for staff and students.

Christine McInnes, Kent County Council’s Director of Education, said: ‘Kent County Council is committed to promoting equality and inclusion in the community and particularly in schools.

‘We have teams that can offer head teachers and their staff support and advice in this area should they request it.

‘We are confident that Wilmington Academy and the Leigh Academies Trust are managing this incident robustly and appropriately and are safeguarding any students and staff affected.’

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