Utah Teacher Punished For Using N-Word In Class

By Nigel Roberts

A Utah school district made it clear that it’s never OK for teachers to use the N-word in the classroom. That’s why officials at the Weber School District said they took administrative action against a White teacher, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Holly Frye told the Associated Press that her 14-year-old son sat through a class in which history teacher Douglas Barker spent an entire period in April saying the word, while defining its meaning and history.

What was the context? The South Ogden Junior High teacher used the racially offensive word before showing his eighth-grade students the Civil War movie, Glory. The film is about a Union Army company of Black soldiers during the Civil War.

Barker explained to the AP that he wanted his students to understand why they would hear the N-word in the film and stated to them that the offensive word is inappropriate.

“My intent has never been to offend, only to teach for understanding with historical context,” Barker told the AP.

But Frye, who is Black, told the news wire that nothing in the curriculum permits Barker to discuss the racially charged word.

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