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BEDFORD -- The principal and a sixth-grade teacher at Bell Manor Elementary School have apologized for a derogatory nickname that was chosen by a class and was posted on a sign in the classroom.
Classes at Bell Manor chose nicknames to use during a team-building exercise to be held at Camp Thurman.
Students in one class chose the nickname jigaboo and the teacher did not know that the term is a derogatory term for a black person, Deanne Hullender, a spokeswoman for the Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district, said Wednesday.
After a parent reported the name to administrators, an investigation was conducted.
“The teacher took [the sign] down. She was mortified, and she cried,” Hullender said.
Hullender declined to name the teacher and said the district now has put a process for administrators to vet names.
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