A black family has filed a lawsuit against the California school district, claiming that racial discrimination was captured after a teacher did not seem to know that she was still making a zoom call. The school district confirmed on Thursday that the teacher had resigned.
It is said that Katura Stokes’ son is a sixth grade student at the Desert Willow School of Arts, Science and Technology Magnet in Palmdale (about 50 miles north of downtown Los Angeles), and he is visiting the school Encountered difficulties when using distance learning online platforms. The predecessor of the California lawsuit.
The statement stated that Stokes held a meeting with his son̵
According to the statement, on January 20, after the parent meeting on Zoom, the white Newman did not end the meeting of all participants, but turned on the microphone and camera.
At that time, Newman seemed to have made racist remarks and did not realize that her voice could still be heard on Zoom, and Stokes began to record the content of the call in the video.
“Your son has learned to lie to everyone and make excuses,” Newman apparently said in the recording. “Because you have taught him to make excuses, it is not his fault. Blacks do this. Blacks do this. Whites do the same, and blacks do more.”
An excerpt of this video was released by Stokes’ lawyers and has been viewed by NBC News. It is not clear what happened before the video was recorded.
Newman seems to continue to claim in the recording that she and several other teachers failed to try to reach Stokes throughout the school year to discuss her son’s progress, saying that this was “I’m the first time this year with that woman. Together.”
Newman said: “These parents, which part of s are they.” “Black. He is black. They are a black family.”
It claimed that during the harassment, Stokes called the school principal, who immediately called Newman and told her that her video was still playing. Newman denied her speech, but the video was still in progress, and Stokes continued to record.
Dave Garcia, a spokesperson for the Palmdale School District, told NBC News on Thursday that the district is firmly opposed to any racial prejudice and Newman is no longer employed in the district.
“Within a few hours, the teacher took administrative leave, and within a few days she resigned. We will not tolerate this kind of behavior.” Garcia said. “This is not a vocabulary that Palmdale recommends teachers use.”
Newman could not be reached for comment.
Stokes’ lawyer, John C. Taylor, called the comments in the video “terrible” and “it’s really heartbreaking to be heard by the mother and by the younger son.”
Taylor said: “All children are eligible to receive education without discrimination. This video proves what minority students often get behind the scenes today.”
Stokes’ personal injury claim involves emotional distress, defamation and violation of the Civil Rights Act against the Palmdale School District. Garcia did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this legal statement.
Last month, another Zoom recording recorded racist remarks by two Georgetown University Law School professors. A professor can be heard saying: “I hate to say that. Every semester I feel anxious. Almost every semester, many lower-grade students are black.” Both professors stopped going to school.