A school staff member in Taunton, Massachusetts, is on administrative leave after allegedly using a racial slur while speaking to a student.
Superintendent John Cabral said Taunton Public Schools is investigating the incident involving a worker who is not a teacher.
"Taunton High School Interim Principal Scott Holcomb yesterday became aware of an incident in the past month in which a non-teaching staff member allegedly used a racial slur in remarks with a Taunton High School student. Principal Holcomb immediately reported this information to me, and a district-level investigation was initiated," Cabral said in a statement Friday.
Cabral added that the district is considering an independent review from an outside consultant.
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"There is no place for racially insensitive language in the Taunton Public Schools," he said. "I take all allegations of this nature seriously and am committed to conducting a full and thorough review."
No further details about the alleged incident were immediately available.