A Black couple was left reeling after learning that an assistant principal who called their nine-year-old son the n-word will keep his job.
"He's going to remember this for the rest of his life that his principal called him this at school," said Jessica Gouin, the boy's mom told WFSA News.
According to Gouin, her son returned home from his elementary school and told his parents that the assistant principal called him the racial show. After their son disclosed the incident to his parents, his father hopped on the phone to the school to get to the bottom of the shocking revelation.
He said that during a meeting, the assistant school principal acknowledged that she had used the slur.
"She said, 'Yes, I know I'm wrong. I did call your son a n*gger, and I wasn't thinking about the consequences at the time or what it would do to your child,'" Neil Jarett, the boy's father told the news outlet she said.
The incident took place after the 9-year-old son was sent to see the staff member in relation to a bullying incident that took place with another student.
She then asked the child, "If I called you [expletive], how would you feel?"
Matthew Nelson, the superintendent, said the assistant principal was trying to show the student that his words were hurtful.
"We're trying to make an example, and we failed in terms of being able to do that. But there was no malice intended. It wasn't intentional in terms of that," Nelson said.
But the boy's parents do not agree:
"There's no way that would cross her mind if she wasn't really looking at him that way," Jarett said. "They're just going to brush off and keep it that way and maybe a couple years down the line, it's going to be the same thing. It may not be my kid but someone else's kid."