NWord Triggers Lawsuit

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 4:10pm

Chicago teacher sues after suspension for use of "n-word" during classroom discussion.

A Chicago teacher has filed a lawsuit challenging his suspension for use of the "n-word" in class.

Lincoln Brown, a teacher at Murray Language Academy in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, says he was suspended for using the "n-word" when discussing with students the word's ramifications and the harm it can cause.

The discussion occurred after Brown intercepted a note where one student referred to another using the word, and he decided to use the moment to teach the class a lesson.

Gregory Mason, the principle, entered the room amidst the discussion and suspended Brown for using verbally abusive language.

Brown maintains the suspension was unjust and that a strict ban on any word is counterproductive.
 

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