N-word use puts Poulsbo principal on leave

POULSBO, Wash. (AP) - The principal of Pouslbo Elementary School has been placed on leave while the district investigates her use of the N-word to students.

Superintendent Patty Page says Principal Claudia Alves went on a leave of absence Wednesday that was not considered a disciplinary action.

The Kitsap Sun reports ( http://bit.ly/1aP7BVs) Alves used the N-word with fifth-grade students who were uncomfortable with the word "Negro" while rehearsing a play about Martin Luther King Jr. Alves said "Negro" was not the same as the N-word, and she used the actual word.

Page says it is not acceptable district policy to use the N-word to explain its meaning.

The mother of one of the fifth-graders upset with "Negro," Shawna Smith, says she complained Jan. 15 because her son heard the principal use the N-word.

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Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/


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