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Madison teacher accused of yelling N-word at 7th-grader

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MADISON, Wis. - A Madison teacher is on leave pending a district investigation. The Hamilton Middle School teacher is accused of using a racial slur against one of her own students. She was asked not to return to school until the investigation is complete.

We spoke with the 12-year old student and her mother, Ruby Clay. Wilson said the teacher yelled the N-word at her during her seventh-grade social studies class last Tuesday. Clay said the 12-year-old and other classmates were messing around on Google Translator when the teacher overheard them and began to shout.

“She said ... how would you like it if I called you the N-word?,’ I heard it was used multiple times,” Clay said.

Wilson was so upset she couldn't’ continue class and has opted to stay home since then.

“I just sat against the file cabinet and put my head down because I didn't want to hear what she was saying,” Wilson said.

The school did not find that Wilson did anything wrong, Clay said. However, it’s a different story for the teacher.

A spokesperson from Madison Metropolitan School District sent a statement.


"As soon as we were informed, school staff began investigating. The teacher was told not to report to school while that investigation took place. The school and the district is very concerned about the situation and are acting quickly to determine next steps,” Rachel Strauch-Nelson, of Madison Schools wrote.

Clay said she heard the teacher will return back to Hamilton Nov. 19 and finds a potential return inappropriate.

“What she did is inexcusable. That should've ever happened in a classroom with seventh-grade students. It’s not acceptable," Clay said.

The district did not confirm the teacher’s return or a return date.

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