The mother of a Black sixth-grader filed a damage claim Thursday against the Palmdale School District alleging a White teacher engaged in a profanity-laced, racially charged rant in unguarded moments following a Zoom session earlier this year with her son.
The claim, typically a precursor to a lawsuit, was filed by Katura Stokes on behalf of her 12-year-old son, who attends Desert Willow Fine Arts, Science and Technology Magnet Academy.
“The horrible comments the teacher made in the video are truly heartbreaking for a mother to hear and for her young son to hear,” said John Taylor, an attorney representing Stokes. “It’s unthinkable that an educator would mock and belittle this family, and there is no doubt that this incident has scarred them.
“All children are entitled to receive an educational experience free of discrimination, and this video has demonstrated what minority students often face behind the scenes today.”
Neil Gehlawat, another attorney representing Stokes, said the video “clearly shows that unequal educational experiences for minority students exist. Like many parents whose children have struggled to transition to online schooling during the pandemic, Ms. Stokes reached out for help — and, in return, she discovered that her son was being treated unfairly because of the color of his skin.”
The teacher, identified in the claim as science instructor Kimberly Newman, was placed on administrative leave and removed from the classroom. She is no longer employed by the school district.
District officials did not return emails and phone calls seeking comment. In a statement to FOX11 Los Angeles, district officials said, “Palmdale School District has never and will never tolerate any racist behavior or speech.”
Newman, reached by phone Thursday night, declined to comment.
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