HARTFORD (CBS Connecticut) – A Connecticut educator who is black has been disciplined after using racial slurs against students, including calling them “brown kids,” reports WTNH-TV.
Alvin Schwapp, the Director at the Public Safety Academy in Enfield, was trying to get the attention of students during a lunch break on October 31st when he hurled the racial insults, according to documents obtained from the Capital Region Education Council (CREC).
The eighth and ninth graders were unruly and Schwapp got frustrated while trying to make an announcement, he wrote in his statement to the CREC.
Student statements claim Schwab called them “deaf, dumb, delirious, and disrespectful.”
He also said “brown kids are acting like they own the place, and they act like were from the projects,” according to one student statement. “That part made me feel bad because he made it sound like black kids don’t have a chance at going to a good school,” reports the Hartford Courant.
Another student stated Schwapp yelled “I will get all of you brown kids expelled even if it means getting 10 teachers fired.”
Dr. Bruce E. Douglas, Executive Director of CREC, acknowledged what happened, but calling Schwapp: “a genuine and decent man, with an outstanding record of service to our nation and to our local community.”
In his report of the incident, Schwapp said that he deeply regrets his conduct: “I have offered my apologies to all involved, and I am working with the support of CREC to become a better administrator.”
Schwapp will receive counseling on “best practices and strategies” for interacting with students in a more positive manner.
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