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Middle School gym teacher on paid leave as district investigates alleged use of racial slur

<i>WSYM</i><br/>A middle school gym teacher at Macdonald Middle School in East Lansing has been placed on paid administrative leave while the district investigates his alleged use of a racial slur.
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A middle school gym teacher at Macdonald Middle School in East Lansing has been placed on paid administrative leave while the district investigates his alleged use of a racial slur.

By Mikayla Temple

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    EAST LANSING, Michigan (WSYM) — A middle school gym teacher at Macdonald Middle School in East Lansing has been placed on paid administrative leave while the district investigates his alleged use of a racial slur.

The teacher allegedly used the slur in class two weeks ago and issued an apology letter taking full action and accountability.

“There were students using the ‘N-word’ interchangeably amongst themselves,” he wrote in the letter. “In my haste to redirect the behavior, I addressed the students by stating that they shouldn’t use that word, and in doing so, I used the actual word itself. I immediately felt terrible and regretted using it.”

The teacher will be on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete. It’s not clear how long that could take.

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