Screen Shot 2013-10-18 at 10.46.48 AMPhysical education teachers at Mount Olive High School lost their jobs and tenure after they made racial remarks to African-American students last year, NJ.com reports.

Brigitte Geiger, a head field hockey coach, and Sharon Jones, a woman who had taught for 30 years, were charged for unbecoming conduct in regards to a conversation the two had in a locker room on March 2, 2012. A student overheard Jones saying:  “Yeah those Negroes think they are tough (expletive),” to which Geiger replied “Yeah, that’s all they are, just a bunch of Negroes, Negroes, Negroes.” Another student’s account cited the same statements, but with a heavier use of profanity.

When the charges were initially filed, Geiger and Jones were placed on administrative assignment and performed clerical work in the school district’s “libraries”. They did not return to the school this fall. They were officially terminated on October 8th.

“It’s unfortunate that it occurred,” Larrie Reynolds, the schools superintendent, told NJ.com. “We wish the employees the very best in the future. We have an obligation to our students and staff to uphold the highest standards of professional conduct. We take that seriously, and unfortunately, in some cases, it warrants action like this. This was an unfortunate incident and we had to do what we thought was right.”

The decision in the case has also been submitted to the state Board of Examiners to review if action should be taken against the women’s teaching certificates.

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  • apple

    good ! fuck them!

  • SEd

    “It’s ***unfortunate*** that it occurred” …
    “We wish the employees the very best in the future” …
    “Unfortunately, in some cases, it ***warrants*** action like this” …
    “This was an ***unfortunate incident***”

    The superintendent sounds so apologetic but to the wrong people. Racism didn’t happen to the teachers. What’s “unfortunate” about it? It wasn’t accidental or a mistake. They feel how they feel, and how they feel should never be tolerated. It’s like somebody had to convince Reynolds to take action.

  • pinky

    I know this will get down voted but if you work with children at CERTAIN schools, it becomes harder and harder not to stereotype.

    • J

      Yeah, I know right? Just like if you see people make CERTAIN comments it becomes harder and harder not to label them as racists. I mean give me a fucking break! If you looking at people from a stereotypical point of view then that is all your ass will see: STEREOTYPES!!! In the words of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ” The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete.” Grow up, bird…

    • Daijana

      Because that makes it acceptable..

  • I bet its many more teachers like this especially in mostly black schools. I had an ex who was a special teachers at a mostly black charter school and the other special teachers would make racist remarks when they would have their meetings. It crazy to think that these people could be teaching your children.

    • Cecedestiny

      I grew up 10 minutes from this high school and sadly this incident does not surprise me. Most people in this area are not used to diversity. Unfortunately this is not the first incident and it probably won’t be the last. That’s why I left after graduation.

  • RJ

    I think these teachers thought they were coming up with a way to call black people Niggers without actually saying the word. Well, I guess they learned the hard way.

    Some white people have the illness of racism embedded in their marrow bone. They invented racism. So I do not know why anyone is surprised.