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High school to reinstate teacher who used the n-word

A Denison High School teacher who was put on paid administrative leave after using the n-word in a class will be returning to the classroom.

This past Tuesday, students at the high school staged a walkout to protest American History teacher Crystal Holt’s use of the word while teaching a class. Several students said it was not the first time she had used the word in class.

That evening, school board members heard from both sides of the issue and decided to put Holt on paid administrative leave while an investigation was held.

Thursday evening, the school district issued a statement saying it had concluded its investigation. While the district acknowledged the incident was disturbing to many, it was determined Holt did not act maliciously and would be transitioned back into the classroom.

Below is the entire statement from the school district.

The Denison Community School District has completed an investigation into a derogatory term, the “N” word, being used by a teacher during a Government class at Denison High School. The district was alerted to the incident on Friday, November 15th, a day after the word was used in class during instructional time. The investigation found that during Government class, while teaching a lesson on the death penalty, students were divided into two groups to analyze a court case for its aggravating and mitigating circumstances. During small group student discussions, about aggravating and mitigating circumstances, the teacher engaged one of the groups who were discussing the case. The teacher explained to the student group that derogatory terms were used by the perpetrator while committing a horrendous act. In doing so, the teacher used the “N” word in its entirety while instructing. Many students reached out to the district for change in the manner in which controversial topics, such as racism, are handled in Government class and across the district. Denison Community School District held a public forum at a recent school board meeting to hear input from the public on the matter. It is clear that this situation has significantly impacted the educational environment of the District. It is equally clear, that the teacher had no malicious intent. The District will work with the teacher to implement necessary changes, in order to, transition the teacher back into the classroom and address the concerns of all involved. The District is committed to working in partnership with our students, families, staff and community to implement a High School Cultural Advisory Committee, equally comprised of students, teacher leaders, and school administration. The goal of this committee will be to develop an action plan for enhancing our learning environment to ensure it is free from cultural bias. As a district, professional development will be continued and enhanced for all Denison Community School District staff in the areas of diversity and cultural training. Lastly, we will develop a School/Community Advisory Committee of parents, educators, administration and school board members to advance the communication between home and school. As a District, we understand the significance of this situation, and regret the impact this has had on students, families, faculty, our District and community. We remain committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students and staff.

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Comment by El-Bull on November 30, 2019 at 6:58pm

Face it, we live in an apartheid country

Comment by mr1stroke on November 29, 2019 at 11:09am
I mean we keep calling white people racist, but miss the most serious part of this society, we are living under white rules and white laws, so they will always turn things around and they will be fine. Now the question is what your black law makers, law enforcements, judges, lawyers have done to make sure youre ok or to benefit you, other than just following the same white laws while you complaint?
Comment by Cory on November 29, 2019 at 8:29am

its just the way it is..   white bastards will always have the upper hand in this racist society..  for real....

Comment by mr1stroke on November 25, 2019 at 6:27pm
Niggers in America get no respect she returns because her white officials say she can you know the dame people you stay begging for justice, they know you are weak and depend on them, let her disrespect the holocaust victims and see if she ever work again in America or even the gay community. Have some balls to fight and may be the white men and others will pay you a little respect
Comment by evolution on November 25, 2019 at 4:46pm

No surprise at all.

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