Renee Greeley, a teacher at the Drexel Hill Middle School in Upper Darby, Penn., was caught on video in the midst of a racist rant after she got into a fender bender in the parking lot with a Black parent, Rasheed Noel.
The incident occurred Oct. 10, and Noel posted the video he captured on Facebook. It went viral.
“You’re probably on welfare too,” Greeley says at the start of the minute and a half clip.
Noel then responds, saying he makes six figures.
“Bull—-,” Greeley responds.
“Because I’m young, and I’m Black is the reason you would say that,” Noel says.
“That’s right, because you’re Black,” Greeley says.
She then continues with the racist remarks.
“Always trying to milk the system,” Greeley says. “And you see me, a white woman, so you think I got money.”
When Noel responds, telling Greeley she doesn’t look like she has money, she again says Noel is on welfare.
“Shut the f— up,” Greeley says. “Go back to your welfare. Your Section 8 house.”
The two continue bickering back and forth, until, at the end of the video, Greeley calls Noel the N-word.
“I’m sorry?” Noel responds. “This situation can change real quick.”
“Oh yeah?” Greeley says. “What are you gonna do about it?”
Noel not only shared the video on social media but also met with the superintendent of the Upper Darby School District. In his Facebook post, Noel commends the district for taking quick action to suspend Greeley.
“I commend the Upper Darby school district for taking quick action on this teacher at Drexel Hill Middle School,” the post says. “They are doing everything in their power to make sure people like this teacher become non existent in any school. Listen close at 1:17 what she calls me (N****). She hits my car and acts like this on school property in front of students and staff. After meeting with the superintendent of Upper Darby school district and his staff, I’m hear [sic] to say they absolutely care about their community. #ZeroTolerance”
The district said in a statement on Instagram that it is taking the incident seriously and working with its Deep Equity team to address the issue across the district. It said Greeley has been placed on administrative leave, pending further investigation.
“Upper Darby School District does not condone or tolerate inappropriate conduct or speech associated with hate, racism, discrimination or intolerance of any kind,” the post says. “The deeply troubling comments and actions of this teacher are not indicative of the hundreds of outstanding teachers working in our schools each and every day. We are a District of over 12,500 students in a community of over 82,000 residents from over 60 countries, with over 70 different home languages. We are a community of many cultures and backgrounds, and we value our diversity. It strengthens us.”
According to the Public School Review, students of color make up 45% of the student body, and out of that 45%, most are Black. It is in the top 20% of schools in Pennsylvania for diversity.
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