A teacher at a high school in Oklahoma has been placed on administrative leave after she was seen using the N-word in a tense standoff with a black student on Friday.
The incident at Holdenville High School has gone viral after it was posted on Facebook, with social media users identifying the teacher as a Diane Bennett.
Superintendent Randy Davenport issued a statement obtained by KWTV-DT noting that the teacher, whose name was not revealed by the district, had been placed on administrative leave.
‘Holdenville Public Schools’ main priority is the safety and well-being of our students. The district is fully aware of the incident that occurred at our high school on Friday, April 9, 2021,’ Davenport said in the statement.
‘At this time, the staff member in question has been placed on administrative leave and will be through the duration of a full investigation is completed.’
DailyMail.com has reached out to Bennett and Davenport for more information and additional comment about the incident.
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The teacher then tried to grab the student’s backpack to prevent him from leaving the classroom while he struggles to break free while using his own expletives
The student was seen telling the teacher not to touch him while she tells him that she’ll visit him ‘in juvie’
The Oklahoma teacher then called him the N-word before he took the glasses off of her face and threw them on the ground
At the start of the video, the student is seen wearing the hood from his sweatshirt over his head as he paces back and forth while talking to someone on the phone.
‘I’m going to walk home,’ the student says in the video, while telling the person on the other end of the line that the teacher had been yelling at him.
‘He may not be home soon,’ the teacher says, before telling him that she would be keeping him at the school.
The student then calls the teacher a ‘b****’ before then telling her to ‘watch her tongue’ as he tries to push through her to get out of the classroom.
The teacher then tries physically stop the student from leaving, grabbing him by the shoulders and pulling on his backpack while students sit on top of desks recording the standoff.
‘You better watch the f*** out,’ the student tells the teacher.