19.10.19

Security guard fired for asking student not to call him racial slur

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An African American security guard told a student to stop calling him the n-word. It cost him his job.
Marlon Anderson was a security guard at Madison West High School in Wisconsin. Last Wednesday, he was called in to help the assistant principal escort a student from school grounds, he told CNN.



The student was resisting, including yelling and pushing the principal. Anderson called for backup, and the student started yelling expletives at him, including the racial slur, Anderson said.
At first, Anderson said he asked the student to stop calling him that, without saying the word. But the student continued to call him different variations of the word.

Finally, Anderson said he responded: "Don't call me (n-word)."

That's the comment that got him fired.

When contacted for comment, the school did not respond directly to Anderson's firing, but said it has a zero-tolerance policy for the use of racial slurs.

"We are working to make our school climates the best they can be for all students and staff," said Gloria Reyes, president of the Madison Board of Education in a statement. "We've taken a tough stance on racial slurs, and we believe that language has no place in schools."

Anderson is represented by a union, which filed a grievance with the school district this week on his behalf. He's seeking reinstatement and back pay, according to a statement from the union.

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