LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Exclusive video obtained by 8 News Now shows reactions from students the moment a Las Vegas teacher wrote a racial slur on a whiteboard.
The Clark County School District acted swiftly to fire the substitute teacher less than 24 hours after the incident occurred. It happened on Tuesday at Silvestri Junior High School located along Silverado Ranch Blvd near Maryland Pkwy.
In one of the video clips, the substitute tells students, “African features…were said to resemble those of monkeys and apes.”
As the lesson continues, the “n” word appears on the whiteboard, and you hear students react.
“Either we can have a fun class today where we actually talk about English…I was planning on y’all being a bunch of little punks and misbehaving and this class acting as detention,” the substitute is heard saying over the video.
In another clip recorded by students, the teacher writes the “n” word again on the whiteboard sparking pushback from kids.
“I don’t know why all of you are making such a big deal when this word leaves most of your mouths every second,” the teacher said.
Out of 40,000 employees at CCSD, 3,400 are substitute teachers. They are required to have a teaching license and get a background check.
According to a district handbook, substitute teachers must follow the lesson plans teachers leave behind. If there isn’t one, substitutes must talk to an administrator.
8 News Now isn’t identifying the teacher since he wasn’t charged with a crime. State records show he received his teaching license in January.
Below is a statement the district sent to 8 News Now regarding the teacher’s lesson plan:
“CCSD currently has approximately 3,400 individuals in the substitute pool, however, the position allows for flexibility and they are able to select the dates they work.
In general, day-to-day substitutes are provided with lesson plans by the school. Vacancy or long-term substitutes create lesson plans with guidance from school administration.
All teachers, including substitutes, must go through the process of obtaining a license from the Nevada Department of Education before they are hired.“
In a letter sent to parents, Silvestri Junior High School’s principal said actions like the one by the substitute won’t be tolerated.