Marlon Anderson worked for the Madison, Wisconsin school district for 11 years before he was fired for using the N-word in a confrontation with a student.
That statement alone seems reasonable. As a society, we’ve agreed that there are some words so bad that one saying is an instant termination. In most contexts, I would agree with this type of termination, but not in this case. And, fortunately, the school district just rescinded that termination and offered Anderson his job back.
Interim Superintendent Jane Belmore said that Anderson would be reinstated after they looked at the facts.
The facts are always the most critical aspect of any situation–and you should look at them even in cases where you have strict zero-tolerance policies. Here’s what happened.
On October 9, Anderson escorted an “unruly” student out of the building. Both Anderson and the student are black. Anderson says that the student hurled racial epithets at him, including the n-word, and he responded, telling the student not to say such a thing.
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