Teacher at Woodlawn High placed on leave pending investigation of using racial slurs

Woodlawn High School
Woodlawn High School
Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 10:18 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 22, 2022 at 5:55 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Parents and students at Woodlawn High are outraged after hearing allegations that a teacher used racial slurs in the classroom.

“I think the complaint was filed officially last week,” said Eugene Collins with the NAACP.

Collins says some parents and students contacted his organization with their concerns, he says this wasn’t the first time.

“This is the 3rd year in a row the NAACP has had to get involved in removing a teacher from Woodlawn High,” Collins added.

He says what students and parents claimed happened should never be tolerated in any school.

“They said that an instructor had used the n-word and aggressively approached some of the girls in her class and was a coach of some sort,” said Collins.

He says he was shown several videos recorded by students of the alleged incidents. The NAACP declined to share those videos with WAFB, to protect student privacy. Collins claims one video shows the teacher having drinks with students off school property.

“It seemed like on some social time, and it seemed extremely inappropriate to be out in what looked like happy hour with students,” Collins continued.

The East Baton Rouge School System confirmed that a teacher was placed on leave pending an investigation but did not provide any details about why or release the name of that teacher.

The official statement reads, “The East Baton Rouge Parish School System cannot discuss or provide detailed related to personal matters. Administrative action was taken in accordance with the district policy and law enforcement has been notified.”

The teacher’s name was not given.

Below is the letter from the NAACP:

The NAACP was recently contacted by an anonymous source indicating that a Teacher at Woodlawn High had allegedly engaged in highly questionable activities with her students. These allegations included:

  1. Aggressively getting in the faces of those students while using racial slurs,
  2. Talking to those students in a derogatory manner,
  3. Accompanying students off campus to social events while consuming multiple alcoholic drinks.

Once notified, our organization opened an investigation and was able to recover recordings and videos supporting some of the allegations.

We then notified EBR Schools and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sito Narcisse and turned over everything our investigation yielded. Dr. Narcisse and his team immediately took action, and that educator was placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.

EBRPSS issued a statement on the matter on Thursday, Sept. 22:

“The East Baton Rouge Parish School System cannot discuss or provide details related to personnel matters. Administrative action was taken in accordance with district policy and law enforcement has been notified regarding the matter.”

More information will be released when it becomes available.

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