A high school teacher who dropped four f-bombs in 24 seconds in front of a 12th-grade English class has been placed on leave after a clandestinely-recorded audio clip of the outburst went viral.
The Daily Breeze, a suburban Los Angeles newspaper, broke the story. You can hear the teacher in full, profane flower at Sound Cloud.
“I know my f*****g shit,” the irate teacher says in the recording. “Don’t f**k with that. I’m tired of trying to educate you and you guys resist every step of the f*****g way. Get the f**k out of here.”
The incident occurred on Sept. 26 at Humanities and Arts Academy, a small, independent public school located on the larger campus of Narbonne High School in the Harbor City area of Los Angeles.
The teacher was apparently trying to direct a tricky discussion about race and ethnicity before she hurled the five swear words. Particularly at issue was the word “African-American.”
School officials placed the unidentified teacher on leave pending the results of an investigation after the brief rant went viral.
The code of ethics of the Los Angeles Unified School District prohibits “unprofessional, unethical, illegal, immoral, or exploitative” behavior. Presumably, the language the teacher used in front of the 12th-graders falls afoul of one of those adjectives.
The Daily Breeze called the unnamed teacher at her home.
“You know, I had a weak moment,” she said. “Forgive me.”
She noted that she had undergone an appendectomy recently, so she was enduring some pain.
The English teacher also said she had been the subject the subject of jeering from the student who recorded the wave of f-bombs. She claimed the female student then delivered the recording to an also unnamed enemy teacher. This second teacher allegedly circulated the profanity-ridden recording.
“It’s just cruel,” the curse-happy teacher added.
A spokeswoman for the school district, Ellen Morgan, explained the district’s investigation process.
“At the outcome of the investigation, he/she will meet with the individual and conference, reprimand, discipline and/or move to recommend dismissal,” Morgan wrote in an email to the Breeze.
It’s not clear if the teacher is receiving her full salary while she is on leave.
Officials at the school noted that the student who recorded the tirade violated a school rule because she did not have her cellphone turned off in class.