Student’s Cell Phone Video Depicts Teacher’s Racial Comments

FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – It’s cell phone video that landed a Blanche Ely high school teacher in big trouble.

The video released by the Broward County School District Friday shows teacher Leslie Rainer saying to a student, “You got one time, chocolate.”

After Rainer makes the comment, students in the classroom laugh.

Rainer has been suspended for 10 days without pay for allegedly making inappropriate comments toward her students.

The Broward School Board approved the suspension Tuesday for teacher Leslie Rainer.

According to the Broward County school district, Rainer has been counseled previously regarding inappropriate conduct towards her students on December 4, 2008. She was also verbally counseled on April 14, 2011 regarding inappropriate discussion of a religious nature with students.

In the latest incidents Rainer, 46, reportedly called a Haitian student in her class a “chocolate boy” and a “chocolate that nobody wanted.” Rainer said even if she did use the term “chocolate,” in the black community it is a term of endearment.

“I’m stable and professional, I know my role in the classroom and community,” Rainer told the School Board during a meeting in February.

After the February meeting, Rainer denied making the comments.

“I did not say anything. The kid is not a Haitian student,” she said. He’s my husband’s relative.”

The Haitian-American Coalition has said that they didn’t believe a suspension would go far enough, instead they wanted the board to terminate Rainer.

“We believe this behavior does not belong in the classroom,” said Jean Robert La Fortune of the HAC, “she’s risky business.”

Rainer has until March 28th to appeal her suspension to Superintendent Robert Runcie. If she does, it will be referred to the school board’s attorney who will send it to the Division of Administrative Hearings. The suspension will not be carried out until the outcome of the appeal is known, which could take several months.

If Rainer chooses not to appeal, the suspension will begin on March 29th.

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  • June

    too bad she an’t white cuz it woulda been ok THEN. just sayin’.

    • Pete

      Oh whatever, June. That is not true.

      • Arizona Momma

        You mean if she called a white student a cracker it would be okay. Racism is a one way street. Blacks are the racists.

  • Carol

    If this lady doesn’t want to be a teacher just find another job because the stress of being a teacher is so great I can’t even imagine but name calling is just not a part of it.

    Is that a paddle she has in her hand I thought kind of thing only happened when I went to school back in the 50’s and 60’s?

    In those days the teacher didn’t show the paddle to you they used it and thought nothing about it and the teachers had permission from our parents to do so.

  • flamengo1265

    The teacher is black. The student is related to her husband. What is the problem? If a white teacher calls a white student a “cracker” should he be fired? Everybody is so hyper-sensitive these days. Just chill out.

  • Martha

    Leave the teacher alone. She even sprinkled holy water on an atheist child. She’s not worshipping the devil. Those are the teachers you should be worried about. This country is leaving God behind.

  • lee

    Many of the employees at the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement – California Dept. of Justice are corrupt. An alarming number of them steal from suspects, sell drugs skimmed from busts and provide murder for hire.

  • Pam

    get real where is freedom of speach? now you can’t call a spade a spade

  • Lisa

    She should be fired. A racist comment is a racist comment no matter whom it comes from. This is why racism will never go away. If a black will call another black the **N** word or ‘Chocolate’ or another other term, then they should not be surprised when someone else uses the word. You can not claim it offensive if your own race uses it among each other. If it is offensive then it is offensive no matter who uses it……PERIOD!!!!

  • marci

    has anyone asked the children what they think about her?

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