Call to sack Mora Primary School welfare officer who used N-word in ‘racist’ Instagram post
PUBLISHED: 17:52 03 April 2018 | UPDATED: 19:12 06 April 2018
A race campaigner has called for a primary school worker to be sacked after she posted racist language on social media.
Shamim Butt, a welfare assistant at Mora Primary School, in Cricklewood, posted an image on her Instagram account with the words: “N****z always got money on snap but never in person – must be a filter.”
Cheryl Phoenix, of Brent, who founded The Black Child Agenda to protect children from racism, said: “I have no words to describe this disgusting post.
“Does she not understand the psychological impact this would have on a young child? I would not want her in the same classroom as any child.
“She needs to be sacked or resign immediately. I will be complaining to the school directly.”
The social media post was shown to this newspaper after being sent anonymously to Camden councillor Leila Roy by someone from the Mora road school community.
Mother-of-one Cllr Roy said: “As a black person I am extremely offended by this. The N word should not be used anywhere in 2018. This post was also liked 37 times by her followers. It is disgusting.
“How can she not realise that this is offensive and racist?
“This is someone who is reponsible for the welfare of children in the classroom. It is very disturbing.”
Ms Roy called on Brent Council to give all its school staff racism awareness training in the wake of the incident.
When approached by the Times via her Instagram account, Ms Butt, whose posts are private but visible to her 1,219 followers, said: “I have now removed it and I am very sorry.
“I didn’t think. It was a mistake. Maybe I didn’t read it and just shared it from another post that I saw but I have removed it.
“My intention was not to cause any problems.
“I will be checking all posts in future as I know we are role models.”
A Brent Council spokeswoman said: “The local authority does not have a role in the management of complaints regarding an individual school. Any school-based complaint including those related to staff conduct on social media will be managed by the headteacher and governing board.”
But Mora Primary School’s chair of governors Barry Creasy declined to comment.
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