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Boys & Girls Club temporarily hires former Madison West security guard until appeal resolved

MADISON (WKOW) — The security guard fired from Madison West High School for using a racial slur has been temporarily hired by the Boys & Girl’s Club of Dane County until his appeal is addressed by the Madison Metropolitan School District.

Marlon Anderson was fired Wednesday by the Madison Metropolitan School District. MMSD cited its zero-tolerance policy for racial slurs as reasoning for the termination.

“Our CEO Michael Johnson worked with Marlon today to solidify a leadership role with Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County,” the organization wrote on its Facebook page. “Effective Monday, he will serve as our Director of Program Operations managing volunteer engagement, special initiatives and teen recruitment.”

Anderson says a student addressed him with the slur and he used the word himself to educate the student on why it should never be said.

Hundreds of students walked out of West Madison High School Friday morning in support of Anderson.

Boys & Girls Club of Dane County CEO Michael Johnson told 27 News the new job is perfect for Anderson given his skill set and 11 years in Madison schools.

“I think there was a misstep made, and I think the district will do the right thing,” he said. “I think the community has voiced their concerns… The fact that 1,500 kids today rallied behind him tells you the type of person he is… And so if he chooses to stay at Boys and Girls Clubs and if it’s a right fit for Boys and Girls Clubs, we’d like to keep him. If the school district hires him back, we’ll support that decision as well.”

Johnson also said the Boys and Girls Club has offered to assist MMSD in reshaping their zero-tolerance policy. Instead of a blanket policy, he recommended a review committee to look at each case through a lens of diversity and inclusion.

Anderson’s new job with the Boys and Girls Club will be full-time, so if he is rehired by the school district, he would have to choose.

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