White Texas teacher fired after telling students his race was ‘the better’



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A middle school teacher in Pflugerville, Texas, was fired, county officials said Monday after video was posted to social media showing the white teacher telling his students his race was “the superior.”

“Last Friday, November 11, Pflugerville ISD officials were made aware of an inappropriate conversation a Bohls Middle School teacher had during a counseling class with students,” wrote Dr. Douglas Killian, superintendent of the Pflugerville Independent School District (PfISD), in a statement. “As of Monday morning, November 14, the teacher in question is no longer employed by Pflugerville ISD and we are actively seeking a replacement,” the statement said.

Videos of the conversation in question were posted on social media last week.

In one video, the teacher says to his multiracial class, “Deep down in my heart I’m ethnocentric, which means I think my race is the superior one,” as the students respond audibly both on and off the camera.

A student behind the camera asks, “So white is better than everyone else?”

The teacher replies, “Let me finish. I think everyone thinks that. They’re just not being honest about it.”

After another discussion in the video, a student asks, “You said you’re a racist, right?”

“I did, yes, I’m trying to be honest,” replies the teacher.

It’s unclear what was discussed before and after the videos were shot.

CNN has not identified the person or persons who filmed the videos circulated online and has not received the videos. CNN obtained an audio recording of part of the conversation from a parent, who said their child is featured in the videos.

In the audio, a student asks the teacher to repeat themselves. The teacher says, “I said, ‘I’m a racist.’ That’s what I said. Do you know what this means?”

The students’ responses overlap and the teacher continues, “It means that deep in my heart I think my race is the superior race. That’s what it means to be a racist.”

The teacher in question was not identified by PfISD, nor did the District provide any additional context surrounding the conversation.

“We want to reiterate that this conversation is not consistent with our core beliefs and does not reflect our district or culture at Bohls Middle School,” Killian said in his statement. “The counseling session was inadequate, inaccurate and unacceptable; and this type of interaction will not be tolerated in any PfISD school.”

The superintendent apologized to students and families for “unreasonable stress or concern” caused by the comments, as well as to parents whose children were seen in the video without their knowledge.

The teacher, who was identified by the parents to CNN, did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.

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