Temecula Valley schools are investigating after a substitute teacher was captured on video using the N-word in a middle school classroom.
The video shows him sitting at a desk and in a conversation with students at Bella Vista Middle School in which he discusses use of the word “negroes,” and says that using that word is OK. The man says “the word that people don’t like is …” before saying the N-word.
He then says the word a few times as students react with laughter and what appears to be shock. The video appears edited, with parts not being continuous. Also, children’s faces are obscured.
James Evans, Temecula Valley Unified School District spokesperson, said in an email Monday, May 22, that the district learned of the video Thursday, May 18, and immediately blocked him from serving at any of its schools.
“The District does not tolerate the use of racial slurs … the District will appropriately investigate this matter and take all appropriate measures,” Evans wrote.
Of the approximately 300 comments about the video on TikTok, most viewers criticized use of the racial slur, but a few defended the teacher and pointed out that the students were heard laughing.
The video comes a week after a drama teacher at Temecula Valley High School was accused at a school board meeting of having students read a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Angels in America,” that one parent and a pastor called sexually explicit and inappropriate.
In October 2021, a teacher at North High School in Riverside was caught on video doing a mock Native American chant, leading her to be put on administrative leave and ultimately fired on Feb. 2022.