OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — The Superintendent of Osceola County School is speaking out about the ongoing investigation into remarks about race made by a teacher during an online class.
Hundreds of people have signed a petition calling for Poinciana High School social studies teacher Tracey Brown to be disciplined after video circulated on social media shows her saying she has a right to “dislike black people” because, she said, she was attacked by a gang on a train in Atlanta when she was a teen.
“Racism is never tolerated here in our school district or our community. It’s never appropriate and we understand that very, very much,” Superintendent Dr. Debra Pace said.
The school district said Brown will be reassigned to work in an area with no children during the investigation.
“People are stressed, emotions are high and we know sometimes things come out that shouldn’t have been said,” Pace said. “At the same time, making sure that we’re taking action to communicate to our students, our staff members, and our community that this kind of conversation, racism, is inappropriate.”