Student Kicked Out After Mother Complains About Slur
Brea Persley, 13, says her science teacher told her in front of the whole class to "sit your nappy-headed self down."
Brea Persley (KTLA-TV / June 1, 2012)KTLA NewsINGLEWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) -- A student at Inglewood's Century Academy of Excellence was kicked out after her mother complained about an alleged racial slur by a teacher.
Brea Persley, 13, says her science teacher told her in front of the whole class last week to "sit your nappy-headed self down."
"When the kids started laughing, it brought back the memories of when I was in 4th grade and kids used to laugh at me and tease me," Persley told KTLA.
Teacher Kelly Dempsey called the family and apologized aboutthe comment.
But when Brea's mother Shronda Williams requested a meeting with school principal Giselle Edman, there was no apology.
Williams said the principal told her she was "happy" the teacher made the comment and that "bad things need to happen to mean kids."
Edman then expelled the 13-year-old from the school, Williams said.
In a letter to Williams, the school said her daughter was banned "due to the fact that you scolded the principal."
Brea's family said she did get into a fight on campus and has been cited for tardiness and gum chewing.
Edman declined a request for comment.
Brea's family says it's filing a complaint with the school's accreditation agency.
In the meantime, the family is trying to figure out how to get Brea the final three weeks of school she needs before summer break.
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