A Louisiana high school teacher was disciplined over a racist Facebook post she made during a discussion about Nike’s new Colin Kaepernick ad campaign.
Valerie Scogin made the social media post last week and has since apologized, WWL-TV reports.
The 33-year-old Scogin is a teacher at Slidell High School in the St. Tammany Parish school board, according to the school’s website. “The posting was voluntarily removed,” St. Tammany Parish school system spokeswoman Meredith Mendez told The New Orleans Advocate.
“The appropriate disciplinary action has been taken. I can’t comment further due to this being a personnel matter.” Scogin did not return a request for comment from Heavy.
Scogin Wrote in the Post That People of Color Should Stop ‘Acting Like Animals’ if They Don’t Want to be Stereotyped
Valerie Scogin wrote the offensive Facebook post on September 5 in the comments of a Slidell High School graduate’s post about the Kaepernick ad.
The Slidell grad shared a meme of a Trump fan giving the middle finger with the words, “If you’re upset about Nike choosing Kaepernick for the ‘Just Do It’ campaign, ‘Just Ignore It’ like you do police brutality and racial injustice.”
Scogin replied, “They don’t have to live in that country. They could go back. But it was their own people selling them into slavery to begin with and tearing them even worse in those countries of origin. You want a better neighborhood? Move. You don’t have to choose to live in those zip codes.”
She added, “Want to not be stereotyped, tell people of that color to quit acting like animals and perpetuating the stereotype. Many are average people; the few ruin it.”
Scogin continued, “Want to be in better neighborhoods, quit voting for handouts and pay taxes. They are what helps the neighborhoods/schools/services provide for the community.
There is a reason for taxes. And it’s not always race. Most of it is age. How many ‘adults’ have I heard say all teens do drugs/sleep around/are going to hell.
It’s perpetuated by the media…”
Scogin has since deleted her Facebook page. Others responded to her in the comments of the post.
” Valerie Bouvier Scogin u sound racist AF talking bout go back to back to where america ? The place we were born ?, Tell them to stop acting like animals ? I don’t remember seeing black ppl hanging from street lights and tearing their own city apart because their team won’t the Superbowl, move ?
How do u expect them to move when the job they are at wont promote them or give them a raise because of their skin color ? Stop looking for handouts ? More whites are getting handouts than blacks fyi so miss me with the bs,” one person wrote.
Another said, “Valerie Bouvier Scogin so people of color act like animals how many of those animals shot up schools, or churches?? I’m glad none of my children attend Slidell High.”
The school district has refused to discuss the exact punishment that Scogin received, calling it a personnel matter. Scogin did not respond to a request for comment from Heavy about the discipline.
According to The Advocate, “The St. Tammany school system has an electronic communication policy that forbids employees from being on social media platforms with current students, but it does not address the content of what employees say online.”
Skyler Broussard, a Slidell alum, told The Advocate her “blood boiled” after reading the post, and she said she doesn’t buy the apology. “Imagine comparing people of color to animals, then when you get caught you try to say you didn’t think it would hurt anyone,” she told the newspaper.
Broussard told The Advocate she never felt racial tension or problems at Slidell High School and said diversity is valued there. Another Slidell graduate, Casey Kelly, wrote on Facebook, “In the coming days, I hope my friends at Slidell High School and St. Tammany Parish Public School System take this to heart and believe what has been shown to them.”
Kelly added, “Leadership should take action to condemn racism in our public schools in no uncertain terms. I have always been proud of the spirit of diversity, inclusion and sensitivity at SHS, but am disheartened by tonight’s display and hope corrective action is taken. The community is watching.”