Georgia school superintendent put on leave after alleged audio recording of racist rant
A school superintendent in Georgia has reportedly been placed on administrative leave following allegations that he made racist comments, which were captured on audio.
Geye Hamby, the superintendent of Buford, Georgia’s school system, was placed on leave Tuesday after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that a federal lawsuit accused Hamby of making racist comments and saying he wanted to kill black construction workers who had upset him.
The lawsuit includes an audio recording in which a man, identified as Hamby, can be heard repeatedly using racial slurs, according to the Journal-Constitution.
The person identified as Hamby on the audio recording can be heard using the n-word multiple times to refer to workers.
“F–k that (n-word). I’ll kill these goddamn — shoot that motherf—er if they let me,” the recording says.
The Buford school system said in a statement Wednesday to the newspaper that the board “anticipates further action on this matter” and has called a special meeting to be held in the next few days.
“The district will continue to focus on the mission of empowering our students to reach their full potential,” the statement continued.
In a statement to the Journal-Constitution, Hamby didn’t directly address the allegations against him, saying he was told not to comment.
“This is a personnel and legal matter pertaining to a disgruntled employee,” he said.