Teacher plans to fight punishment for use of racial slur

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email
As we celebrate Black History Month, one parent says the flier is offensive and the language is inappropriate. (WRDW-TV)

As we celebrate Black History Month, one parent says the flier is offensive and the language is inappropriate. (WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, June 25, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Richmond County teacher reprimanded for using the N-word as part of a lesson is appealing that decision. News 12 reported Dr. Lori Myles distributed a flier featuring Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. to students at Josey High School.

She's hoping to get that reprimand removed from her record.

Dr. Myles is comparing her situation to the controversy surrounding Paula Deen.

"Most people have used it that are as old as myself or Paula Deen," said Augusta resident Evelyn Petrea.

"I've heard it in my family and I don't like it," said Augusta resident Schantain Merritt.

Myles was reprimanded for using fliers with the N-word in her classroom. She says she turned in her lesson plans for "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" to school officials the week before it was taught.

"Am I asking the Richmond County Schools' permission to say the N-word? No! I am appealing the fact you told me, I have to teach this, but I can't say the word," Myles said.

Her attorney plans to fight her punishment, a written reprimand from Superintendent Dr. Frank Roberson.

"Let me say this right here, we're going to have to deal with it. We are going to have to deal with it in Paula's issue," Myles said.

Myles can identify with Paula Deen being in hot water. She admitted in a deposition to using the N-word. The queen of country cooking has since been dropped by Smithsfield Foods and the Food Network.

"I think the Food Network is a hypocrite," Myles said.

People in Augusta weighed in on the issue and use of the N-word.

"If I say it to you it's OK because you're black. If a white person says that, it could start a fight," said Augusta resident Donnell Mason.

"Promoting that word in any sense just should not be allowed. It means an ignorant person. It doesn't mean what race you are," said Augusta resident Mallory Brantley.

Myles will face the Richmond County School Board at the end of July.

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