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School worker suspended after ‘asking black student if she could use N-word’


Video showed a woman said to be a school support worker in a shocking exchange (Pictures: Google/Triangle News)

A school has suspended an employee who was filmed allegedly questioning a black pupil as to why she can’t use the N-word.

Wilmington Academy in Dartford, Kent is investigating after clips showing the pupil telling the support worker it’s disrespectful were posted on YouTube.

A schoolchild recorded the shocking exchange.

In the footage, the staff member appears to say: ‘Hang on, am I not allowed to use the word n*****?’

Two voices are heard replying ‘no’ before the worker presses them, asking: ‘Why not?’

One of the pupils replies: ‘Because it’s a disrespectful word to black people.’

A second clip shows the same member of staff – who has not been named – repeating the word again.

She allegedly says: ‘In the slave time, the slave trade, it’s where that word came from yeah.

‘N****, n*****, right?’

The 18-second video was uploaded on Tuesday, captioned: ‘Racist white teacher says the N-word multiple times to black student at Wilmington Academy.’

A spokesperson for the school, rated ‘good’ by Ofsted, said the pupil involved will be given any support they need.

The spokesperson said: ‘Yesterday evening we were made aware of a video circulating on social media that appears to show a member of our support staff at Wilmington Academy using a racially derogatory term during a discussion with a student.

‘The member of staff involved has now been suspended pending a full formal investigation into the incident.

Wilmington Academy is a large secondary school and sixth form in Kent (Picture: Google)

‘The student in the video will receive any necessary support they require from senior leaders and specialist trained staff.

‘Wilmington Academy and Leigh Academies Trust does not tolerate the use of any racially derogatory language by staff or students and treats any such breach extremely seriously.

‘As a trust we serve a diverse community that expects us to uphold the highest standards of equality and inclusion and as such we will be taking proactive steps to prevent any incidents like this occurring in the future.’

Furious social media users shared their disgust at the exchange.

Jus Tamuno wrote: ‘I’m embarrassed to say I attended this secondary school.’

Jimmy Lawrence said he has complained to Ofsted about the incident. He said: ‘Absolutely disgusting behaviour from a teacher or school employee.’

Wilmington Academy was visited by education secretary Gavin Williamson earlier this year as schools reopened.

In a video posted to the Department for Education’s Twitter feed, Mr Williamson commends the school’s efforts in setting up Covid-19 testing for staff and students.


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