A teacher at a Pennsylvania middle school has been placed on administrative leave after a viral Facebook video showed her calling a black man the N-word and using other derogatory language in the school’s parking lot.
In the video, a woman who has not been identified but was confirmed by Upper Darby School District to be a teacher at Drexel Hill Middle School, is seen scrubbing at the rear bumper of a red pickup truck with her sleeve after a car accident in the school’s parking lot.
Near the start of the video, which was posted on Thursday by Facebook user Rasheed Noel, the teacher can be heard saying, “You’re probably on welfare, too,”
“Not even a little bit,” the man in the video responds, “Six figures a year, ma’am.”
The woman responds by swearing at the man in the video. He tells her that she’s only angry “because I’m young and I’m black.”
She responds, “That’s right, because you’re black.” She continues, “Always looking to milk the system. And you see me, a white woman, so you think I’ve got money.”
The teacher eventually says, “Go back to your welfare… your Section 8 house.” Section 8 is the government’s program for providing housing assistance vouchers to low-income families.
That draws a laugh from the man. While the woman is comparing her truck to his car, which she refers to as a “piece of (expletive),” he tells her, “I’ve got a 3,200 square-foot home.”
After another exchange, the woman says, “Go (expletive) off, you (N-word).”
“I’m sorry?” he replies.
“You heard me,” she says.
A statement from Upper Darby School District posted to social media said the teacher was placed on administrative leave pending further investigation. District Superintendent Daniel McGarry told CNN the teacher is on leave “without pay.”
“Upper Darby School District does not condone or tolerate inappropriate conduct or speech associated with hate, racism, discrimination or intolerance of any kind,” the district said in a statement. “The deeply troubling comments and actions of this teacher are not indicative of the hundreds of outstanding teachers working in our schools each and every day.”
After the racial slur, the man in the video said, “This situation can change real quick.”
The teacher replies, “Oh yeah? What are you gonna do about it?”
The man warns the teacher to stay where she is multiple times while she tells him, “Bring it on.” The video ends after the teacher calls the man a homophobic slur.
A Facebook message to the poster of the video from USA TODAY was not immediately returned Sunday night. NBC News reported Noel met with McGarry after the video was posted on Thursday.
In his Facebook post, Noel said he commended Upper Darby School District for taking quick action against the teacher.
The video has been viewed more than 240,000 times as of Sunday evening.
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