A middle school teacher in Pflugerville, Texas has been fired, district officials said Monday, after a video was posted on social media showing the white teacher telling his students that his race “is the best.” .
“Last Friday, November 11, Pflugerville ISD officials became aware of an inappropriate conversation a teacher at Bohls Middle School had with students during an advisory class,” the superintendent wrote. of the Pflugerville Independent School District (PfISD), Dr. Douglas Killian, in a statement. “As of Monday morning November 14, the teacher in question is no longer employed by Pflugerville ISD and we are actively seeking a replacement,” the statement read.
Videos of the conversation in question were posted on social media last week.
In one video, the teacher can be seen telling his multiracial class, “Deep in my heart, I’m ethnocentric, which means I think my race is the best,” as students audibly react to that time. -camera.
An off-camera student asks, “So White is better than anything?”
The teacher replies, “Let me finish. I think everyone thinks that. They just aren’t honest about it.
After another discussion in the video, a student asks, “You said you were racist, right? »
“I did, yes, I’m trying to be honest,” the professor replies.
It is unclear what was discussed before and after the videos were recorded.
CNN has not identified the person or persons who filmed the videos circulating online and has not obtained the videos. CNN has obtained an audio recording of part of the conversation from a parent who said his child was featured in the videos.
In the audio, a student asks the teacher to repeat himself. The teacher says, “I said, ‘I’m a racist.’ That’s what I said. Do you know what that means?”
The students’ responses overlap and the teacher continues, “It means that deep in my heart, I think my race is the superior race. That’s what it means to be racist. »
The teacher in question was not identified by PfISD, and the district provided no additional context surrounding the conversation.
“We want to reiterate that this conversation does not align with our core beliefs and does not reflect our district or our culture at Bohls Middle School,” Killian said in his statement. “The consultative discussion was inappropriate, inaccurate and unacceptable; and this type of interaction will not be tolerated at any PfISD school.
The superintendent then apologized to students and families for any “undue stress or concern” caused by the comments, as well as to parents whose children were seen in the video without their knowledge.
The teacher, who was tagged to CNN by the parent, did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.