A long-term substitute teacher at Independence High School reportedly used a racial slur in a classroom with students on Feb. 20.
In an email sent to IHS parents that evening, Principal John Gabriel reported the teacher had heard a student using the pejorative term in conversation with a peer.
"...the sub stopped the class to explain how it was inappropriate to use the word but stated it explicitly," Gabriel wrote.
Gabriel said the use of the word is "unacceptable," regardless of context, saying he "take[s] these matters seriously and we reject and condemn the use of racial slurs as it does not reflect our values at Independence."
The incident has been "addressed and resolved," according to the email. LCPS officials would not elaborate on what that meant. The school system would also not confirm what exactly the teacher said, nor would it disclose the name of the teacher.
The occurrence comes in the wake of numerous race-related incidents and initiatives within LCPS, including a discrimination investigation by the Virginia attorney general's office that was sparked by the Loudoun NAACP.
Last school year, third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at Madison’s Trust Elementary School in Ashburn were instructed during their physical education period to play a “game” that involved students working in groups, pretending to be runaway slaves and advancing through an obstacle course meant to represent the Underground Railroad.