Though it’s not clear when the video was taken, it appears to show Boyington sitting on a desk and talking to her students. At one point, she asks her students if it’s okay for her to use the slur if she dates a “Black guy,” to which students can be heard telling her “No,” before she adds, she has an “N-word.” A chorus of shocked laughter can be heard before the video cuts out.
You can watch that video, as well as some interviews with students, below.
“The teacher, Ms. Alexandrea Boyington, is currently on administrative leave pending the outcome of our investigation,” school officials said in a statement, adding that they had “received notifications” of the video.
“I think the board of education should do more,” senior Malik Montgomery told local outlet FOX 5 Atlanta in an interview. “You know? Look more into it… investigate into it and [Boyington should] not just be suspended. You know, she should just lose her job.”
“The video was surprising being that she was so comfortable and had the audacity to say the word not only once but twice,” one anonymous student told CBS 46 in an interview. “It baffled me.”
Given that she has been banned from the classroom as the district investigates, hopefully, it has become clear to Boyington when it’s okay for her to use that word—the answer being, of course, never.