A North Carolina teacher has resigned after he was heard berating students in a profanity-laden tirade that went viral on social media.
Officials at Southwest High School in Jacksonville informed the Onslow County School District about the teacher’s outburst during first period last Wednesday, according to WCTI-TV.
They said action was taken promptly in response and parents of the students in the class were informed that evening that the situation was being addressed.
The school district confirmed the teacher, who was not named, had submitted his resignation on Friday, the station reported.
Cimayiah Josey, a sophomore student who recorded part of the incident on her phone, told WCTI-TV that it happened after the teacher told students to put their phones and computers away.
One student didn’t comply and made a joke, Josey said, prompting the outburst.
“Wanna try my authority? Because I am f**king done playing with you idiots,” the teacher can be heard saying in the video.
“I’m here because I want to be here. I somewhat enjoy this job. You need something from me. I need nothing from you.
“You can go through life and live on the f**king system, draw your paycheck on the 1st and 15th from my taxes and live an absolute horrible life. I don’t care. You can be another statistic. I don’t care. That’s on you and if you think it’s funny, I can take you down to the county office and we’ll pull the f**king numbers and if you don’t like my language, I don’t give a s**t.”
Josey told the station: “I felt like it was racially motivated. It was disrespectful.
“Your job is to encourage me and to push me to be the best I can be, even though it wasn’t said directly to me, dang, that’s how you really think about us.”
She said she started recording because she didn’t think anyone would believe her if she told them what the teacher had said. “I was scared, I didn’t know what to do,” she said.
In a statement, the school district said: “In the Onslow County School system, we expect only the highest standards of behavior from our students and staff, and that we treat every member of our school family with dignity and respect.
“The type of behavior exhibited in this situation will not be tolerated and is certainly not representative of the employees of Southwest High School, or any other employees who work in our district.”
The Onslow County School District has been contacted for additional comment.
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