School secretary forced to resign after racist footage of her goes viral
A secretary working for a public school in Connecticut has resigned from her role, after a video of her went viral. The news of her leaving her position was confirmed by the school district, after a video circulated of her berating a man with racial slurs during an altercation in a grocery store in East Haven last week.
Corrine Terrone was seen shouting a racial slur at the African American man in question, in a video taken at a ShopRite store in the city on Friday evening, even spitting at him during her tirade. Following the incident, the Hamden school district for which she works launched an investigation, before coming to their decision.
The district's Human Resource Director then contacted Terrone and arranged a meeting with her. The secretary reportedly resigned soon after, as was later confirmed by Jody Ian Goeler, Hamden Public Schools Superintendent. In a statement, the school district said:
"The video appears to show the employee repeatedly calling an African-American man the N-word. The language the employee used in the video is in conflict with the values of the Hamden Public School System.
"Someone who will use that sort of language in any setting, whether public or private, is not someone we want anywhere near our children. The employee is separated from service, and we hope that her children will receive the support they need after witnessing such a traumatic event."
The video also shows Terrone's children witnessing this conduct, and due to this detail, school administrators filed a reported with the Department of Children and Families.
Warning: the below video has explicit language:
While Terrone has not been charged for this incident, East Haven Police have confirmed that they are aware of the video and are currently investigating.
"We are urging any potential victims of last night’s incident to contact us so we can investigate this matter further," a spokesperson for the police department said. "Speech like this has no place in today’s society and nobody deserves to be spit at or called racist names."
Curt Leng, Mayor of Hamden, also released a statement over the weekend. "What I saw was vile and shocking," he said on Saturday afternoon.
"While I am disgusted and disheartened seeing such hateful behaviour, wildly unacceptable anywhere, I am thankful for the swift and effective actions taken by our school system to address this head on and make clear that hate and violence will not be tolerated."
In addition to this, Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano as well as State Representative Joe Zullo released a joint statement about what happened. They said:
“What we saw in this video is repulsive and deeply offensive and does not represent the people of East Haven or our values. The behavior is shocking and upsetting and has no place anywhere, including in our community. We understand Hamden Public Schools has acted quickly to seek this employee’s resignation."
The police department are seeking more information, and urging any potential victims or witnesses to come forward.