Madison teacher resigns after using racial slur with student

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - A Madison middle school teacher has resigned after using a racial slur at a student in her seventh-grade class.

The teacher at Velma Hamilton Middle School allegedly used the N-word with a student earlier this week.

The Madison metropolitan School District said the teacher will not be returning to a job at the district on Friday.

In a letter to parents, the school district said that the “use of language in this incident has had a deep impact” on the community.

“We have heard clearly, and want to take responsibility for the fact, that institutional trust has been broken between our school and community as a result of this incident,” according to the letter.

On Monday, an announcement will be made to students across the district, in which staff will reiterate that the “use of racial slurs is not tolerated in our school community," according to the letter.

Douglas Keillor, the executive director of the teachers union Madison Teachers Inc., said in a statement that he agrees “that the use of racial slurs, no matter the context, is unacceptable in our schools.”

“We call our members to actively engage, both personally and as a collective body, in the work of anti-racism in order to analyze, challenge and re-acculturate our practices and beliefs to serve all of our students," Keillor said in the press release.

Madison Teachers Inc. plans to hold a meeting this weekend to find ways to prevent such incidents in the future.

The Madison Metropolitan School District recommends the Teaching Tolerance website to help families and students discuss the incident.