A Georgia high school student was reduced to tears during a recent interview after recalling what she says her teacher said to her in front of her entire class.
Shaniaya Hunter, a junior at Greene County High School, was recording her lessons on her school-issued iPad in December when, she says, she asked the teacher a question and he became upset. She alleges that the teacher called her “dumb” and added that her “purpose was to have sex and children.”
The comments were recorded on the iPad, WSB-TV reports. A male voice can be heard on the recording saying, “I have been around 37 years, and clearly you are the dumbest girl I have ever met. … You know what your purpose is going to be? To have sex and have children because you ain’t gonna never be smart.”
“It really hurt me inside,” Shaniaya told the news station. “I don’t think it’s OK. I don’t think he should be here.”
Shaniaya’s mom, Cathy Wright, reported the incident to the school district but was dissatisfied with the response. She said that she doesn’t know if the teacher was ever disciplined, but added that he still teaches at the school.
Attorney Ben Windham took the case pro bono after learning of the incident.
“This man does not need to be teaching young children. It’s not a gray area. End of story,” Windham said.
WSB-TV contacted Greene County Schools to find out if any action had been taken against the teacher. According to the news station, the school district would respond only by saying that there were limits to what it could say publicly.
Wright assured her sobbing daughter that the fight was not over.
“We’re gonna fight. We’re gonna keep fighting until it’s over,” she said. “It’s not over yet.”