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Teachers union demands reinstatement of fired Madison West security guard

MADISON (WKOW) — Madison Teachers Inc., the union representing Madison Metropolitan School District staff, sent a letter Monday to Board of Education members and Interim Superintendent Dr. Jane Belmore demanding the reinstatement of the security guard fired last week for using a racial slur.

“Immediately reinstate Marlon Anderson as a member of the West High staff,” the letter read. “Review the current zero tolerance practice as it applies to staff members through a transparent and inclusive process that includes all stakeholders.”

The letter also demanded the district “uplift” staff, students and families of color instead of, as the letter insinuated, “silencing them, intentionally or otherwise.”

MTI asked that the district work with the union to “prioritize racial equity.”

The district terminated Anderson Wednesday citing its zero-tolerance policy racial slurs. Anderson said a student had called him the n-word and he used it himself to educate the student on why it wasn’t acceptable.

On Friday, students of Madison West High School staged a walkout in support of Anderson, marching to the superintendent’s office building and demonstrating outside.

JT Cestkowski

Social Media Content Producer/Desk Editor

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