On leave: Teacher Kathleen Pyles, pictured, is being investigated for racially abusing student
A Connecticut school teacher has been temporarily suspended after allegedly calling an African-American student ‘black boy’ when she forgot his name.
Kathleen Pyles, a mathematics teacher at North End Middle School in Waterbury, is being investigated after another student told his mother about the racist remark who then brought it to the school’s attention.
According to officials, Ms Pyles called the boy by the wrong name during class in May.
When he pointed out that she had got him confused, she responded by saying: ‘How about black boy? Go sit down, black boy’.
Connecticut’s African American community were outraged by the slur.
‘(I’m) totally shocked,’ Jimmy Griffin of the African American Emancipation Challenge told NBC Connecticut after taking his concerns to the school board on Thursday night.
‘I couldn’t believe someone in a professional position like that could make a statement such as that.
‘They need to take some real serious action – this is no joke, this is a very racist comment.’
School: Teachers and other staff at the school, pictured, will undergo sensitivity training
The board members shared Mr Griffin’s concerns and are introducing sensitivity training for teachers and other staff, according to NBC.
‘It doesn’t set a good example for the kids,’ said board member Karen Harvey.
‘I think there’s definitely a need within the Waterbury school system and it’s something we’re addressing immediately,’ said superintendent Dr. Kathleen Oulette.
Class: The remark was brought to the attention of North End Middle School, pictured, after another student told his mother who then complained