Valerie Scogin, a 33-year-old math teacher at Slidell High School in Louisiana, has been disciplined by the school district due to a racist Facebook comment she wrote about Nike’s Colin Kaepernick commercial. Scogin has since apologized for the racially charged post and has also deleted her Facebook.
According to The New Orleans Advocate, while the St. Tammany Parish school district has an “electronic communication policy” that bans employees from being engaging on social media with current students, it does not define what they can or cannot say on their social media accounts.
Meredith Mendez, a spokeswoman for the St. Tammany Parish school system, said about Scogin: “The appropriate disciplinary action has been taken. I can’t comment further due to this being a personnel matter.
Valerie Scogin, a teacher at Slidell High School posted on Facebook saying “they don’t have to live in that country. they could go back,” the post goes on to say “Want to not be stereotyped, tell people of that color to quit acting like animals.”
It’s unclear who Scogin is referring to and what prompted the post but for some parents, it doesn’t matter.
When asked if she views the post as racist, parent Cadra Menard replied, “Absolutely the connotations, you couldn’t miss that, I couldn’t miss that, I don’t know who could.”
The director of public information for St. Tammany Parish Public Schools said, “We are aware of the post. The teacher did remove the post. We are taking the appropriate disciplinary actions.”
An official with the school district said they are taking the appropriate disciplinary actions but they would not expand on what that means.
Furthermore, WWL-TV reported that Scogin was in class on Monday, September 10.
Nike’s decision to feature Colin Kaepernick in a new ad campaign as results in numerous different reactions. Initially, people took to social media to burn their Nike products on social media. Similarly, the College of the Ozarks dropped all of their Nike provided athletic gear.
A math teacher in Louisiana has been disciplined after writing a racist comment on Facebook.
In parts, the comment read: “They don’t have to live in that country. They could go back.”
She also wrote: “Want to not be stereotyped, tell people of that color to quit acting like animals and perpetuating the stereotype. Many are average people; the few ruin it.”
Who is Valerie Scogin?
Valerie Scogin is the 33-year-old math teacher at Slidell High School who was disciplined by the St.Tammany Parish school district for her racist Facebook comment.
At this time, her punishment has not been disclosed.