Kathleen Pyles, a math teacher in Waterbury, Connecticut has been placed on administrative leave after allegedly calling an African-American student “Black boy” because she forgot his name, NBC Connecticut reports.
The incident, which took place in May at North End Middle School, began when Pyles allegedly addressed one of her students by the wrong name. When he corrected her, she replied, “How about black boy? Go sit down, black boy.”
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Waterbury school officials tried to assure angry parents and residents of the community that the allegation is being taken very seriously.
“We wish to assure parents that we take this allegation very seriously. We do not tolerate or condone the claimed behavior from our staff, and if the allegation of making racist remarks is proven true, the district will take appropriate action,” Guidone said in a statement.