An Ontario Catholic high school teacher has made headlines after using the N-word in class. Anne Stewart, who teaches at Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School in Brampton, was filmed telling her students that she had "become comfortable" using the word. Despite complaints issues against her by students, the teacher is still allowed in the school after apologizing.
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The incident was brought to the attention of the school board in June 2019 by a student, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) told Narcity in an email.
According to a reported video of the incident and CBC, while discussing articles that Stewart was about to show to her class she warned them that it included an uncomfortable word.
She says to her class that she didn't feel comfortable using the word "cum" that was in an article she was going to present to the class. She can be heard saying "that's a hard word."
After discussing the word, Stewart then goes on to say, "I don't know if I can say it... but I have become comfortable saying the word..." and then goes on to use the N-word.
"You're kidding me," a student says, before announcing that they were uncomfortable and had to leave the class.
Narcity has reached out to the DPCDSB, who provided a statement on the issue.
They confirm that the incident has been acknowledged by the school board, and Stewart has apologized to the class.
"The incident, which was brought to our attention in June 2019 by a student was immediately and fully investigated by the Board," wrote Bruce E. Campbell, General Manager of Communications & Community Relations at the DPCDSB.
"Separate from the Board-initiated actions, the teacher did express remorse and apologized to the class."
Campbell wrote that due to confidentiality issues, the school board is unable to disclose the consequences of the incident.
However, CBC reports that the teacher has been allowed to keep working and is in "good standing."
Campbell did confirm that "the matter was treated seriously and formally addressed with the teacher." The issue was also reportedly followed up on at the beginning of the fall term.
CBC reports that the student in the video has filed a complaint to the Ontario College Of Teachers (OCT), who is investigating the case.
Narcity has reached out to the OCT, who has responded that they are unable to speak on matters that are in the investigation stage.
In an email, a spokesperson for OCT wrote that "By law, we are unable to comment on the details or outcomes of any matter addressed by the College’s Investigation Committee. These matters are considered confidential."
The DPCDSB tells Narcity that they are continuing to work hard to bring awareness to anti-black racism throughout the school.