Saturday, October 4, 2008

Greg Howard, Florida Teacher Suspended for 'Racially Charged' Comments About Barack Obama

A Florida middle school teacher has been suspended without pay after he used the n word in class to describe Senator Barack Obama.

Marianna Middle School 7th grade teacher and coach Greg Howard was suspended without pay for 10 days starting Thursday for making racial slurs at presidential candidate Barack Obama, WJHG News Channel 7 reported.

"Our source told us Howard asked his students what 'change' stood for and proceeded to write out the acronym 'change'- come help a n(word) get elected," according to the report broadcast on Thursday. Howard actually used the word "nigger" but the TV report changed the racial slur to "the n word" instead.

Jackson County's deputy school superintendent says he's received conflicting reports, but he can confirmed the n word was used," the report said.

Howard was transferred to the Jackson County Adult Education Program but at least one parent interviewed for the story said that's not enough. Howard is required to attend diversity and sensitivity training as a part of the disciplinary action.


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