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A Southern California teacher has been placed on administrative leave after an audio recording of a profanity-laced outburst reached school administrators. Hetty Chang reports from Harbor City for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Oct. 9, 2013.
A Southern California teacher has been placed on administrative leave after an audio recording of a profanity-laced outburst reached school administrators.
The Los Angeles Unified School District would not confirm details surrounding the incident, saying only that "there have been concerns raised about an audio clip that the district is now investigating," according to spokeswoman Ellen Morgan.
The Daily Breeze reported that a student at the Humanities and Arts Academy (HArts) -- a pilot school that just opened this fall on Narbonne High School's campus in Harbor City -- recorded the outburst by an English teacher.
In the audio clip posted by the newspaper, the person believed to be the teacher can be heard shouting, "I know my f------ s---. Don't f--- with that. I'm tired of trying to educate you, and you guys resist every step of the f------ way. Get the f--- out of here."
Students could be heard giggling at the end of the recording. According to the Daily Breeze, the teacher was trying to teach students the difference between race and ethnicity when one particular student allegedly continued to challenge her.
Morgan said the district would not answer questions regarding the case because it is under investigation. However, she confirmed that "the employee has been removed from the campus."
NBC4 has learned the teacher had been a teacher at Narbonne High for 10 years before joining the pilot school.
The widely circulated recording was garnering mixed reactions from students and parents Wednesday.
"I think the teacher should get fired for talking to the student that way," said Carla Mateo, a junior at Narbonne High School. "They're not supposed to react like that no matter what the situation was."
Another student, who did not want to be identified, said the recorded exchange points to a much larger issue district-wide.
"They don't have control of what's going on," the student said. "They're not supporting the right people to run the school."
"Why would a student heckle a teacher?" parent Anton Georgis said. "They're there for an education. If they can't understand that, the teacher should have went to the principal and the student should be taken to a lower grade to be re-educated."
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