Filipino teacher defends herself against racism allegations

By Balitang America, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Sept. 22, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The Filipino teacher embroiled in a racism allegation has made her first public comment.

Bernadette Yuson has recalled the events of the day that led to the “N-word” being said in class.

The San Bernardino Sun, which reported the story, has uploaded the full statement.

In her statement, Yuson says the incident began when one of her students had taken her chair and had become disruptive in class. The student had yelled the “N-Word” across the room, leading the distracted Yuson to confront the student and say, “Wow! ‘N-Word’, is that a good word?’”

At that moment, she recalled a confrontation with the student who she says tried to accuse her of calling him the racial slur.

After she explained to him she was not referencing anyone and just repeating what he said, the student walked out the room.

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