A Minnesota teacher has suspended after a video showed her referring to black students using the n-word.
“I just walk around the room and I just pick on them”, Highland Park Middle School social studies teacher Wendy Brilowski is heard saying.
Cause they’re black and they’re the only f****** n***** doing any work.
Gasps are heard in the background, before Brilowski tries to back-peddle, saying she’s sorry. The 20-second clip doesn’t make clear the context leading up to the teacher using racist language or capture what followed.
The video went viral on Facebook before being removed. Though it was viewed thousands of times before moderators took it down and it was posted elsewhere.
Joe Gothard, superintendent at Saint Paul Public School, where Brilowski teaches, released a statement apologising and pledging a “thorough review”. He said racist language “has no place in Saint Paul public schools”.
The words and actions recorded in this video have caused harm to our black students, their families, and our entire school community.
We will not be silent in the face of racist language in our schools — and we cannot perpetuate it. We will not make excuses for actions that hurt the students that we as educators have dedicated our lives to serve.