Missouri teacher accused of racial slur terminated

July 1, 2021 GMT

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A western Missouri teacher has been terminated after students testified that he made several racist comments in the classroom.

Harrisonville School District’s board of education held a closed meeting Wednesday evening and announced Thursday that high school science teacher John Magoffin used “inappropriate language” that violated the districts rules and regulations, The Kansas City Star reports.

Magoffin was placed on administrative leave on April 20 after several complaints surfaced. And attorneys for the district and Magoffin presented their cases June 15 during a public hearing that lasted nearly 12 hours.

During the hearing last month, Duane Martin, an attorney for the district, alleged that Magoffin used a racial slur during an AP Biology class, made disparaging remarks about the Black Lives Matter movement and females who wear leggings, and referred to Martin Luther King Day as “Black Privilege Day.”


Magoffin’s attorney Jean Lamfers said her client was discouraging the use of the racial slur and that teenagers may exaggerate their claims.

Magoffin testified for more than an hour, refuting the claims made against him. He also said he had no recollection of calling MLK Day “Black Privilege Day.”