As West High School students walked out of school Friday to protest the firing of a black Madison security guard for using the N-word to correct a student, the former employee got a major boost from an unexpected corner.
Celebrity dynamo Cher sent a tweet to her 3.7 million followers Friday offering to pay the legal expenses for Marlon Anderson, who was fired Wednesday for the incident earlier this month.
"If You Want To sue MMSD Ed.Board I Will Incur Your expenses," Cher wrote.
How Can Ppl Be This Disrespectful⁉️A Beloved,Man of Color Just Passed,& Our Nations Mourning Him.Cong.Elijah Cummings FOUGHT FOR JUSTICE.He Was loved & Feared. If You Want To sue MMSD Ed.Board I Will Incur Your expenses.🕊EC— Cher (@cher) October 18, 2019
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Anderson was dealing with a troublesome student on Oct. 9 when the student repeatedly called him the N-word. Both Anderson and the student are black.
Anderson told the student to stop using the slur, repeating the word itself, a violation of the Madison School District's zero-tolerance policy toward staff use of such language toward students.
He is appealing his termination.
Full report: Read about Madison school security guard fired for using N-word
A black security guard at Madison West High School was fired Wednesday for using the N-word to correct a black student who was repeatedly directing the slur at him. The incident has spurred outrage in the community, including a school walkout Friday that drew more than 1,000 people, and has caused district officials to review their zero-tolerance policy about language like that used by staff. Here's a look at all of the coverage so far.
Marlon Anderson will be on paid leave as he and district officials work on a transition plan for him to return to the school he was fired from less than a week ago.
As West High School students walked out of school Friday to protest the firing of a black Madison security guard for using the N-word to corre…
District officials vowed Friday better education on the use of the N-word and the harm it causes along with a review of policies that led to the West High School security guard being fired.
"I need the district to answer the question of how can a black man lose his job for telling a student to not call him the N-word," said Marlon Anderson.
A black security guard who was fired Wednesday said he used the n-word while defending himself from a student calling him the slur, but School District officials say there is a zero-tolerance policy on the use of racial slurs by employees.
Cher said in an interview that she wished for Madison School District officials to apologize to Marlon Anderson, saying "there's no price on dignity."