JUBA, Dec. 11 (UPI) — Marine computer scientists face discrimination and hostility from the school system, even if they’re accepted to graduate school.
Students at the Marine Science Academy in Jacksonville, Florida, are now protesting after the school’s director was caught on video encouraging students to call a former classmate a racial slur.
The video, posted to YouTube, shows Academy Director, Robert Stoddard, calling former classmate Ryan Deen “a fucking white faggot.”
The academy’s director of education, Julie Pyle, defended the director in a statement, saying the academy is committed to fostering diversity, inclusivity and inclusion.
“I have been in contact with the student who recorded the video, and she told me that she was uncomfortable by what she saw,” Pyle said.
“The Academy is committed in all aspects to creating a safe learning environment and to providing an environment that welcomes all students.”
The school district has also begun an internal investigation into the incident, according to ABC News affiliate WJXT.