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Madonna isn’t the only person in hot water for throwing the n-word around all willy-nilly. The pop star won our award for the first major epic fail of 2014 when she used the racial slur to describe her 13-year-old son Instagram. Now, this not-so-cool trend has carried over to an elementary school principal!
Claudia Alves, a principal at Pouslbo Elementary School in Washington state, was forced to take a leave of absence after she used the n-word to a group of fifth graders. According to reports, a few of her students were uncomfortable with saying the word “negro” while rehearsing for a Martin Luther King play. Instead of respecting their wishes, she thought it was a good idea to prove that “negro” was not the same as the N-word, and she used the actual word to make the comparison.
The issue was brought to the school board after students complained to their parents. Superintendent Patty Page said it was not acceptable under district policy for Alves to used the term and she was placed on leave. Page noted that the absence has yet to be considered a disciplinary action, as the board is still investigating the case.