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New York state teachers furloughed after offensive texts

Rochester, New York – Several public school teachers in Rochester have been furloughed after exchanging text messages containing “racist and degrading” references to students, officials said on Friday.

The Democrat and the Chronicle reported the teachers worked at Enrico Fermi School 17, which has a large percentage of Black and Hispanic students from preschool through eighth grade.

“I am appalled by the racist and degrading references and the language used to describe children… our children! Staff have been placed on furlough and the district will use all forms of available discipline up to and including termination,” Rochester City School District Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small said in a prepared statement.

The students uncovered a number of lyrics, including one with an obscenity in which they wished one girl would spank another. Another obscene text indicated an automated call that offended children and their parents, according to the newspaper.

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The discovery comes weeks after Rochester school officials said so They investigated allegations that a white teacher in his seventh grade, with mostly black students, ordered seeds to be picked from cotton and handcuffs to be put on during class about slavery.

Rochester Teachers Association President Adam Urbanski said he didn’t know how many teachers were accused in that final episode.

“I want to make it clear that we firmly believe that everyone, and our students in particular, have the right to be treated with dignity and respect,” he said. “We are also committed to fairness and due process and the investigation is ongoing.”

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