A Louisiana high school teacher had been disciplined for saying black people “act like animals” and deserve to be stereotyped in a misspelled Facebook post about Colin Kaepernick.
Valerie Scogin, a math teacher at Slidell High School, posted a slew of racially charged comments to Facebook last week. Her actions were sparked by Nike’s decision to make former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick the face of its “Just Do it” 30th-anniversary campaign, reported The New Orleans Advocate.
“They don’t have to live in that country. They could go back. But it was their own people selling them into slavery to begin with and tearing [sic] them even worse in those countries of origin,” Scogin wrote.
“Want a better neighborhood? Move. You don’t have to choose to live in those zip codes,” she continued. “Want to not be stereotyped, tell people of color to quit acting like animals and perpetuating the stereotype. Many are average people; the few ruin it.”
Scogin misspelled the word “treating” as “tearing” in her rant, which has since been deleted from Facebook.
Scogin added: “Want to be in better neighborhoods, quit voting for handouts and pay taxes. They are what helps the neighborhoods/schools/services provide for the community. There is a reason for taxes.”
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Slidell High alumni Skylar Broussard told The Advocate that her blood boiled from reading Scogin’s racially charged comments, which were posted on another graduate’s Facebook page.
Brossard said Scogin had been adored by her students but stubbornly argued with those that challenged her on the post, before eventually apologizing for offending people.
“Recently I posted a comment that may have been hurtful to some of you,” Scogin explained on her own Facebook page. “In my reaction out of frustration at another Facebook post, I made some remarks that were against my better judgment and sensibilities. I now wish I hadn’t.”
The teacher then said that “the last thing I want to do is hurt anyone. I apologize for what I said and sincerely wish to avoid this in the future.”
The Advocate confirmed on Monday that Scogin has been reprimanded for the offensive post.
“The posting was voluntarily removed,” Meredith Mendez, a St. Tammany Parish school system spokeswoman, said. “The appropriate disciplinary action has been taken. I can’t comment further due to this being a personnel matter.”
According to the school’s website, Scogin graduated from Slidell High School in 2003 and started teaching there in 2008. She also graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from the University of Lousiana.