More than 27,000 people have signed a petition defending principal Carol Fong who has been at Ulloa Elementary in San Francisco for 20 years, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
Fong acknowledges using the N-word several times while disciplining students and attempting to teach them the danger of the slur.
KCBS reports it happened in January while speaking to a class following a fight between two students when the N-word was used.
Representatives of the African American community filed a complaint calling for zero tolerance of staff who use the word.
Fong apologized for her actions in a letter to parents.
“I am truly sorry that the use of the N-word has caused harm to this community. I understand that the word is toxic to our families and it triggers horrific experiences for some,” Fong said in the letter. “It is a harmful word used to demean a whole group of people by the color of their skin. I am aware that I have made a mistake and I would like to sincerely apologize for this action.”
The Black community has not called for her resignation or firing, but have complained their voices are being “drowned out” in the process and urged the district to “listen to Black families.”
Ulloa Elementary parents are protesting the decision to reassign Fong.
“It is my job to think about the best interests of Ulloa students,” said Superintendent Vince Matthews about Fong’s removal to the Chronicle. “The community will be involved in selecting a new permanent principal for Ulloa.”
Parents said they feel blindsided.
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