Spring Branch ISD teacher on administrative leave after lesson containing racist word

HOUSTON – A post circulating on social media in the Spring Branch community has caused concern. Students at Stratford High School in Spring Branch ISD voiced concern over feeling uncomfortable with a class activity by a teacher who officials said is now on administrative leave.

Mary Daly’s granddaughter said she was in the class during the incident. Daley showed KPRC 2 a photo of the class assignment that raised concern.

“I got tears in my eyes. It stung,” Daly said.

The photo depicts a “Warmup #5” activity with a photo of Tupac, a quote, and next to that a question using offensive language: “How is the word n*** complicated? How has it changed?”

Daly said she was furious.

“That word didn’t need to come up on any screen, with any children of any color,” Daly said. “A thinking human is all you have to be. You don’t have to be any color to understand that that was completely wrong of [the teacher] to do.”

Daly said the choice to use that “warm-up” was tactless, racist and inappropriate, which made several students uncomfortable.

“[Students] obviously did not feel comfortable with this immediately,” Daly said. “I’m just imagining these kids sitting there, and [the teachers] in a position of authority.”

Correction:This story has been corrected to reflect that Spring Branch ISD released a statement about the incident.