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California teacher resigns after hot mic catches racist comments about Black student

A California teacher has stepped down after she was recorded making racist comments about a Black student and his mother earlier this year, SFGate reported on Monday.   

Kimberly Newman, who was a science teacher at Desert Willow Fine Arts, Science and Technology Magnet Academy in Palmdale, reportedly made the comments shortly after talking with the student’s mother on a Zoom call in January on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Newman had reportedly been speaking with the mother, Katura Stokes, about issues dealing with the digital learning platform used by the school.

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But after the conversation concluded, Newman reportedly didn’t realize the call never ended. 

In audio that Stokes recorded of the call, Newman could be heard appearing to criticize her.

“She’s answered her phone for the first time the entire year. I mean, these parents, that’s what kind of piece of s--- they are. ... He’s Black. They’re a Black family,” Newman said.

“I’m seeing what you’re not going through,” a man identified as the teacher’s husband by the Orange County Register later says on the call. 

“Your son has learned to lie to everybody and make excuses ... to be a child. Since you’ve taught him to make excuses that nothing is his fault. This is what Black people do,” she could be heard saying moments later.

According to SFGate, Newman’s resignation comes after she was placed on leave. She has also reportedly refused to cooperate with an investigation into the matter.

—Updated at 9:13 p.m.