Video of the racially charged incident went viral on Facebook after Erica Gales Deminds, 32, a mother to one of the students in the class posted it late Wednesday. Deminds said her son came home from school on Tuesday and showed her the video, which was shot by another student.
“I see it and I’m floored!” she told the Daily News. “So I uploaded it and shared it with my family, didn’t think it would go as far as it went,” she said.
Deminds said the woman has taught her son for two or three years and that she’s met with her one-on-one.
“She’s a very nice teacher. I can’t say what happened that day. I think she was at a breaking point,” she said.
Officials with Baltimore City Public Schools swiftly fired the teacher after seeing the video, saying they would not tolerate anyone who “engaged in verbally abusive behavior and made racially charged comments directed at students,” according to a statement released Thursday.
The teacher in the video could not immediately been reached.
There are more than 83,000 kindgergarten through 12th grade students in the Baltimore City Public Schools system, 81.8% of whom are black, according to city data. The school district was second in the country in per-pupil federal funding as of 2013, according to the Baltimore Sun.