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White Teacher Tells Black Student Listening to Tupac’s Dear Mama To “Turn The N****** Tunes Off.”

Hoover High School teacher placed on leave for using racial slur in classroom

Teacher Teddie Butcher claimed she was upset by the song’s profane lyrics. (Image courtesy of Facebook)

Birmingham, AL. — A  white female Hoover High School teacher was placed on administrative leave with pay, Monday, January 22nd for using a racial slur when asking Black students to turn down music they were playing in class Friday, January 19th according to school system officials.


The teacher admitted spewing the offensive racial slur, Hoover High School Superintendent Dr. Kathy Murphy confirmed.

Shenita Morrow, who is African-American, said her daughter, a senior at Hoover High school, was playing the song “Dear Mama” by Tupac while working on a project in teacher Teddie Butcher’s food and nutrition class last Friday. Morrow said students are typically allowed to play music during class.

According to multiple accounts of the incident, when Butcher, returned to the classroom, she said, “Turn the n****** tunes off.”

Butcher reportedly told superintendent Kathy Murphy she was bothered by the song’s foul lyrics. However, parent Shenita Morrow, whose daughter is in Butcher’s class, disputes that, saying the lyrics contain no profanity. (see video with lyrics below for yourself)

Students are typically allowed to listen to their favorite tunes in Hoover High School teacher Teddie Butcher’s class, Alabama Media Group’s website Al.com reported. But students say Butcher was not too happy about the song they chose to listen to as they worked on a project.

Most concerning for Morrow wasn’t the teacher’s issue with the song, but her “comfort level” with saying the word in front of a group of students, she told Al.com. The mother and her daughter met with Butcher on Monday where the teacher doubled down on her claims the song was profane. Morrow disputed this, again, and said her daughter spoke directly to her teacher about how her use of the slur made her feel.

“After meeting with [Butcher], it’s just baffling to me how someone does not understand the severity of the weight of that word,” Morrow said.

According to school officials, Butcher apologized to her class.

An investigation into the incident is reportedly underway, but students claim they were asked by the school principal to delete video of the incident that was uploaded to social media.

Romel Williams, whose daughter showed her a clip of the incident on Snapchat, said she doesn’t feel Butcher belongs at Hoover High anymore. Her top concern? Ensuring her kids feel safe.

Her firing “would set the record straight that this behavior isn’t acceptable,” she told Al.com.

Superintendent Murphy has since issued the following statement:

“As we are addressing this matter, we will be looking at our board’s policy and obviously taking a look at the state Teacher Code about expectations and we’ll be putting [Butcher’s] conduct and behavior up against what we know is professional conduct of one’s self.”

“It is my expectation as a superintendent that we’ll treat all students with significant respect, that we’ll conduct ourselves as professionals, and the things that come out of our mouths are to be respectful and professional.”

Using the N-word when speaking to African-American students should be a violation of both the state Teacher Code as well as the professional code and if it isn’t therein lies the problem, that gives a white teacher the power and privilege to throw such an inflammatory racial charge slur around and see nothing wrong anda school system that just suspends the teacher with pay.

Black Westchester’s requests for comment from Hoover City Schools officials were not returned.

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AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company.
AJ is a Father, Author, Writer, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.

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AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Author, Writer, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others. You can also hear AJ every Thursday morning at 7:20 A.M. on Good Morning Westchester with host Bob Marrone on WVOX

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