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Maryland School Librarian Accused of Spouting Racial Slur in Walmart Parking Lot

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    Librarian Accused of Using Racial Slur

    A public school librarian for Prince George's County is accused of using a racial slur during a parking lot incident. News4's Tracee Wilkins reports. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018)

    A viral video shows a public school librarian in Prince George's County, Maryland, apparently admit to yelling a racial slur at an African-American man in a Walmart parking lot.

    Dawn Tolson-Hightower posted a video on Facebook in which she asks the white woman, "Did you just call my husband the N word?"

    The woman responds, "Yeah, I did."

    "For a moment, I was in complete shock and I was, like, did she just really say what I think she said?" Tolson-Hightower told News4.

    She said the incident happened while she and her children were in the car with her husband in a Walmart parking lot in Charles County.

    "I was hoping that she would say, 'You know what, I was upset. I'm sorry. I didn't mean to say what I said,' but you see from the video that she was entrenched in what she was saying and she was proud of what she said," Tolson-Hightower said.

    The woman in the video is a librarian at Potomac Landing Elementary School in Fort Washington.

    "Diversity and tolerance are core values of the school system. We expect all members of the PGCPS community — administrators, faculty, staff and students — to behave in a respectful manner," Prince George's County Public Schools said in a statement.

    "My daughter loves the library, and to have someone like that working the library, that's crazy," Potomac Landing Elementary parent Marqui Evans told News4.

    The school system said the woman has been reassigned and is not working inside a school pending the outcome of its investigation into the incident.

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