Parent: Teacher uses racial slurs on first day of school

Lowery Middle School
Lowery Middle School

DONALDSONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - The Ascension Parish School System is investigating a Donaldsonville, LA middle school teacher for allegedly making inappropriate comments to her class on the first day of school.

Lois Polite, a Social Studies teacher at Lowery Middle School, is accused of using racial slurs and her status with the school system to threaten students.

At least one parent, Shemika Landry, has filed a formal complaint.

"My son came home very upset," Landry said.

Landry said her son told her his sixth grade Social Studies teacher, Polite, talked down to the class and repeatedly used racial slurs to address her students.

"She frequently called the kids the "N" word in the classroom, belittling them, calling them stupid," Landry said.

Landry said she believes Polite also threatened the students to keep them from talking.

"She told them they can call their maw and sent them to the school with their booty shorts on and their high heels but it wasn't going to change anything because she was the only social studies teacher there and they needed her," Landry said.

"I was shocked. I was appalled that she would actually say those things to ten and 11 year old kids," Landry said.

Spokesman for the Ascension Parish School System, Johnnie Balfantz, said school administrators are looking into the allegations.

"Really we can't say a whole lot about the allegations other than we received a complaint and we did an investigation internally and we are handling it as a personnel issue," Balfantz said.

The Ascension Parish School System has offered an apology on the teacher's behalf but some parents said that is not enough.

"She should be terminated. If I would go on my job and use that type of language I would be immediately terminated," Landry said.

The school system told 9News, Polite is being allowed to teach while administrators investigate.

"It's very upsetting to me a as a parent, and I'm not going to stand for it," Landry said.

Balfantz confirmed Polite is the only Social Studies teacher at the school. He added, the school system does have plans to bring in a substitute if necessary.

The following statement was release from the education officials who are investigating this incident:

"We have the highest professional standards for our teachers. It is our expectation that every child will be treated with the upmost respect.

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