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Mitchell Middle School teacher accused of calling student racial slur while breaking up fight

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RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Racine Unified School District (RUSD) is now defending itself after a teacher is accused of calling a student racial slur while breaking up a fight.

The incident was caught on camera.

It happened at Mitchell Middle School, the same school that had issues with fights and safety this fall.

Quentin Bolton is the father a 7th-grader involved in the fight said the teacher breaking up the incident called his son a racial slur.

“The exact phrase was boy, n*****, you need some work, I’m sick of you guys,” Bolton said.

The incident happened during gym class on March 15. Bolton says his 12-year-old son was bullied and was left with a bump on his head and a five day suspension.

“The teacher comes grabs my son, slams him to the ground and pushes his face into the floor,” Bolton said.

RUSD said the teacher was trying to protect the safety of the students and also that the video could have been tampered.

“I don’t think anyone watching that video, seeing that teacher trip and fall to the floor face down could possibly be heard on camera saying something like that,” Stacy Tapp, RUSD Chief of Communication, said.

The District immediately launched an investigation into the fight with the help of the Racine Police Department interviewing witnesses and everyone involved.

“There were no statements supporting any kind of a racial slur being made by a staff member or any kind of inappropriate behavior by a staff member,”Tapp said.

Bolton wants the teacher to be disciplined.

“This shouldn’t happen to no one,” Bolton said. “Especially not a child.”

Bolton and his attorney are now considering taking legal action.

“What has transpired in this case we find to be very offensive, “Attorney Christopher Stawski, said. “Not only the incident, but what we feel is a subsequent cover-up of the incident.”

RUSD’s investigation into the incident is complete. The District told CBS 58 that they cannot comment on whether or not the teacher was disciplined.


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