Loudoun County parent files complaint after racial slur discussed in high school English class

- A Northern Virginia mother has filed a complaint with the Loudoun County NAACP against Loudoun County Public Schools after a racial slur was displayed in a high school classroom during a discussion on Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Nancy Davis said it happened at Heritage High School on April 10 during her daughter’s English class. She is accusing the school system of discrimination and is demanding to have the policy surrounding the discussion of the n-word addressed.

After the incident happened, Davis and other parents complained and met with the school’s principal. While the principal did apologize, Davis and others said they wanted tangible changes to how Loudoun County Public Schools will handle the issue moving forward. 

“There needs to be some sort of teaching with the teachers and the students on how sensitive the subject is and what we do different,” said Davis. “Maybe teach the historical history of African-Americans and why that subject is so sensitive.”

The Loudoun County NAACP is planning to meet with the school district for the second time on Monday.

“We will again try to get a little bit more explanation as to what happened and why they chose to approach it in this manner,” said Loudoun County NAACP president Phillip Thompson. “Also, we are kind of concerned about the teacher that came up to the students and said, ‘You need to get over this.’ We’re never going to get over it so you need to get over it. That's our position. And then try to again say look, we can help you with this instruction process. We think all your history teachers and literature teachers probably should have a little bit of bias training so they understand how this impacts people in other cultures.”

Loudoun County Public Schools said in a statement:

"We’re aware that they filed a complaint. The school board will take the complaint under advisement. They will examine the complaint. We consult with Phillip Thompson regularly and I'm sure he will bring this to our attention."

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