A San Bernardino, Ca., high school math teacher is facing disciplinary actions after calling a black student the “n” word. Bernadette Yuson, a teacher at Cajon High School, was rearranging the seating in her classroom, when LaRue Bell, a senior, asked her why.
“‘How come you’re moving all the black people around?’” Bell said he asked.
“Because I want to move all the n—–,” Yuson allegedly said.
Bell then immediately reported the incident to the school’s administrators.
“‘Go ahead and tell them,’” he said Yuson told him. “‘I’ve got a lawyer and pay him every month.’”
Sounds like this woman has Pre-Paid Legal.
According to Bell’s family, he initially received a lukewarm reaction from the administration. A staff member advised him to ignore racist teachers, focus on his grades and upcoming graduation. An administrator called Bell’s mother, Vanessa Murray, to report that Bell had left class, but not what had prompted him to do so.
The day after the incident, on Sept. 4, an administrator called Bell in to investigate the complaint and, according to Bell, talked to other students from the class and verified his story.
Murray said the administrator told her, “‘She doesn’t mean any harm. I’ll get her to apologize.’”
At Bell’s request, the administrator gave him a new class schedule with a different math teacher.
Although school districts typically don’t comment on individual staff members’ disciplinary issues, citing privacy concerns, San Bernardino City Unified officials acknowledge that a Cajon High teacher did step over the line.
So why hasn’t this teacher been fired yet? It’s the same question Murray has asked.
The school issued the following statement:
“On Sept. 3, we became aware of a complaint about inappropriate language used during class by a Cajon High teacher.We launched a fair and deliberate investigation regarding the matter and we took quick and decisive disciplinary action once all of the facts were in.”
The unnamed Cajon High teacher violated school board policy 4200b, according to Bardere, which states “all certificated employees shall not use abusive or obscene language in the presence of students and/or parents. This shall include derogatory, racial or ethnic remarks.”
“We regret that in this instance board policy was not followed and we apologize for the teacher’s unacceptable choice of words,” Bardere wrote. “We can assure the public that the district took the student’s complaint seriously and at no time did any district employee minimize the gravity of the impact of the teacher’s words.”
Call a student the “n” and still keep your job? Way to go San Bernardino School District.