Madison teachers union calls school district to give fired security guard his job back

Marlon Anderson during an interview at the NBC15 newsroom.
Marlon Anderson during an interview at the NBC15 newsroom.(NBC15)
Published: Oct. 21, 2019 at 2:52 PM CDT
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The Madison teachers union is calling the school district to immediately reinstate a staff member who was fired last week for using a racial slur.

In a letter Monday, Madison Teachers Inc.

, starting with giving former West High School security guard Marlon Anderson his job back. The union also called the district to do more to improve racial inequality.

Hours later the

, according to a release from the union. MMSD rescinded Anderson's termination and restarted his pay and benefits.

Anderson was fired by the district last week after a black student said the n-word at him, and he repeated the racial slur when he told the teen not to use it.

The Madison teachers union soon after announced it would

on behalf on Anderson with the school district.

The district says Anderson was fired for violating its “zero-tolerance policy” after using the racial slur on school grounds.

The incident garnered national attention after hundreds of West High students

the firing in a massive walkout last Friday. The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County

, unless the district gives him his old job back.

In an

over the weekend, Anderson said he would gladly take it back.

In the letter Monday, the union called the Madison Metropolitan School District to: