Concord-Carlisle high school teacher accused of using racist slurs put on leave – CBS Boston
CONCORD (CBS) – A teacher at Concord-Carlisle High School has been put on leave for allegedly using a racist insult while coaching football for another school.
In a statement on Monday, Superintendent Dr Laurie Hunter said the teacher was coaching in a different district and “allegedly used the N word when speaking to student-athletes on Friday night after a game.”
The teacher, who has not been identified, is on paid leave while the school investigates.
Concord-Carlisle High School confirmed the man was a first-year assistant coach for the Newton South football team.
“Newton’s public schools have zero tolerance for racist language or racism in our schools,” a statement from Newton’s schools read. “It is particularly devastating in this case that this language comes from a coach – a person responsible for supervising our students.”
It is “no longer associated with Newton South or Newton’s public schools”.
“The Concord-Carlisle School District will not condone the use of racist slurs or any other inappropriate language intended to demean individuals or groups,” said Superintendent Hunter. “The safety, health and mental health of our students is our top priority; We continue to value inclusion and strive to create a safe, welcoming and respectful environment for all.
Sources told WBZ-TV that the players reported that the coach used the insult to describe the music he did not want them to play on the team bus.
“I was really happy to see that the school took very quick action and will not tolerate any racist behavior and that’s what I want to see from my principals,” said Amy Lieberman, parent by Newton.
“It sets the tone, we are modeling the culture that we would like in our school, and I think they did the right thing,” said Newton’s parent, Bryant Lee.