A North Carolina teacher has been suspended after a video emerged on social media showing him using a racial slur and comparing a student to slave last week.
Ayona Wilson told WTVD her 13-year-old son was humiliated after footage of the incident surfaced on the popular phone app, Snapchat, and she has since withdrawn him from the school.
In the video, the Apex Middle School teacher can be heard saying:
"Did I call you a 'n*****?' No, I said you are being controlled, by kids. That is exactly what happened to the slaves. They were controlled by their owners, you're letting him control you and you're the one who's getting in trouble."
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Wilson's 13-year-old son and the subject of the video in question, Dayon Warren, told reporters that his teacher was upset because a group of children was laughing in the classroom.
That's when Warren said the teacher used a slave master analogy as a means of saying children should listen to their elders.
"I didn't know what to say. He started calling me a slave," he said. "He could have said it different instead of using that analogy that I was his slave."
The teacher has been placed on paid suspension pending an investigation, according to a letter obtained by AOL News that the school principal sent to families.
"While we are not at liberty to discuss confidential personnel information, please be assured that the district takes any complaints against personnel seriously and is committed to fair and thorough investigations and resolutions of such matters," Apex Middle School principal Allen Ellzey stated in an email.
"I want to make it clear that we have high expectations for behavior and policies addressing codes of ethics for the teachers in our building," Ellzey continued. "We strictly adhere to these expectations and enforce these policies."