Canton McKinley teacher suspended after saying racial slur in video


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A Canton McKinley High School teacher has been suspended pending an investigation that appears to show her asking students if she can say a racial slur that is in a song.

In a message to parents and district employees, Canton City Schools Superintendent Jeff Talbert said he and the district were aware of a video making its rounds on social media of the teacher – who had been removed from the classroom pending an investigation.

“At the Canton City School District, one of our core values is building community,” Talbert said in a message to McKinley employees. “We take pride in being an inclusive district that welcomes students of all races and creeds. We appreciate your continued support in maintaining an environment that is free from inappropriate and insensitive behaviors.”

The teacher, who was not named, appeared to ask students, “Am I allowed to say (slur) in a song if I sing it?”

The video with the teacher allegedly saying the slur made its rounds on multiple social media platforms.

The video was posted to social media Feb. 16 without any context.

The investigation is ongoing at this time and Canton City School said they will not comment any further.