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6 Rochester City School District teachers placed on leave after racist messages surface





On Friday morning the Rochester City School District announced that they have placed 6 teachers on administrative leave. The teachers were placed on a leave due to a text message conversation that was made public.

The incident came to light, when a teacher at School 17 allowed a student to use their phone in class. The student saw the text messages and notified their parents. According to the student’s parents, the text messages were between staff members at the school who were making derogatory remarks about some of the students and their families.


Rochester City School District Superintendent Leslie Myers-Small said “I am horrified at the racist and demeaning references and language that was used by the staff to describe children”.



Myers-Smalls advised that all forms of discipline are possible against the staff. That discipline could involve termination.

The Rochester Teachers Association is aware of the teachers being placed on leave and are not willing to give details of the incident.


The Rochester Teachers Association stated “The incident involving the teachers at School 17 are under investigation and everyone involved is entitled to due process.”

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