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Granite School District employee allegedly used a racial slur

May 19, 2022, 6:26 PM | Updated: 6:30 pm
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FILE: A Granite School District sign is pictured at the district's offices in South Salt Lake on Monday, April 26, 2021. (Scott G Winterton/Deseret News)
(Scott G Winterton/Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — A Granite School District employee at Bennion Junior High is on administrative leave after allegedly using a racial slur while talking with students Thursday.

This incident comes after, earlier this week, an assistant principal at a different school in Granite school district, Bonneville Junior High School, was placed on paid leave after a student alleged he made a racist comment.

Granite School District’s statement on the incident

On Thursday, the school district released a statement regarding the incident.

“Earlier today, Bennion Junior High administration received an allegation that an employee had used a racial slur in the midst of conversing with a group of students,” the school district said in a news release. “The Granite School District does not condone or tolerate the use of any type of derogatory terms or racial slurs in any form or context. For this reason, the employee has been placed on administrative leave while we conduct a rigorous investigation. The District will take additional appropriate action once the investigation is complete.”

The school district concluded its statement by saying it “is proud to serve a diverse community of children and families. [Its] ongoing commitment is to ensure all of our schools and classrooms are safe and inclusive.”

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Granite School District employee allegedly used a racial slur