Calls grow to fire Sacramento teacher who used racial slur

Calls are growing for the termination of a Sacramento City Unified School District teacher who used the n-word during an online class last month.

Katherine Sanders, who teaches Spanish at Kit Carson International Academy in Sacramento, was discussing the evolution of offensive words.

“I know the F-word is something we hear constantly,” said Sanders. “It used to be a nasty word and now it’s like the word n****, which everybody says, or n***a, which is still a horrible, ugly word as well and it’s not anymore somehow.”

One student said it was not the first time Sanders had used a derogatory word for another race and that she had once used a slur for Latinos as well. The student says complaints were ignored by school administrators.

The school is not ignoring Sanders’ latest transgression.

“The Sacramento City Unified School Board was horrified to learn that a teacher at a school in our district used racist language in the classroom,” the school board said in its statement. “Our Board condemns racism and the use of racist language in the strongest terms. Racism, racist behaviors, and racist language are unacceptable, and will not be tolerated in the Sacramento City Unified School District.”

An investigation of the incident is underway.


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