Lawrence Co. School Board member uses slur to refer to students

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – A video appears to show a Lawrence County School Board member using a slur to describe a group of students at a recent board meeting.

According to The Daily Leader, video of the May 19 regular meeting of the Lawrence County School District Board was streamed live on YouTube.

At the 1:59:07 mark, Board President Wesley Bridges can be heard asking, “You got a question about corporal punishment?”

Board member and Monticello veterinarian Dr. Mark Herbert answered, “Evidently, we didn’t ask if we could beat … beat retards … no, disability students.”

Herbert laughs and laughter can be heard from other people in the room.

Bridges responded to The Daily Leader with a statement from the board:

The Lawrence County School Board is extremely disappointed by the offensive and derogatory term used by an individual board member during our monthly School Board meeting that was held Tuesday May 19, 2020.

This behavior is not representative of the passionate Administrators, Certified Staff, other employees, Parents/Citizens or the School Board of LCSD.

As the spokesman for this board, I apologize to everyone, who viewed, read, heard about, or was otherwise negatively impacted by the hurtful comment.

On a personal note, as the Member elected in District 5, we are there to serve, positively impact, implement policies, and adopt best practices (I don’t care what MSBA says) to insure that ALL of our precious children, (K-12) receive quality educational care. Our endeavor continues! Grace and peace.

Rev. Wesley E. Bridges

The Daily Leader reported that messages seeking comments were not returned from Herbert.

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