A school superintendent in Georgia has been placed on administrative leave amid allegations that he made racist comments that were caught on audio, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Buford City School District Superintendent Geye Hamby’s leave was effective on Tuesday, the day the AJC reported on the lawsuit, which was filed in US District Court in Atlanta.
The complaint includes audio recordings in which a person identified as Hamby can be heard using “deadbeat n**gers” repeatedly when referring to black workers at a construction site.
“F*ck that n**ger. I’d kill the goddamned… shoot that m*******cker if they let me … Alright. Well check out what’s going on with all the n**gers down there,” Hamby said in one of the two audio recordings presented to court as evidence of Hamby’s racism.
Hamby released a statement saying, “This is a personnel and legal matter pertaining to a disgruntled employee.”
The district also issued a statement saying the five-member school board “anticipates further action on this matter at a specially called meeting in the next several days.” Walt Britt, an attorney for the school board, said the recordings’ authenticity hasn’t been determined and their investigation into the matter is ongoing.
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