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Assistant principal apologizes after calling student N-word

SANFORD, Maine (WISH) — Two parents in Maine are upset after an assistant principal called their biracial son the N-word while reprimanding him.

WMTW spoke to the parents.

“He’s going to remember this for the rest of his life, that his principal called him this at school,” said Jessica Gouin, the boy’s mother.

The parents say the assistant principal at Willard Elementary School apologized for using the word while she was reprimanding the nine-year-old boy for bullying another student.

“She said, yes I know I’m wrong, I did call your son a n*, and I wasn’t thinking about the consequences at the time or what it would do to your child,” said Neil Jarett, the boy’s father.

The superintendent says the assistant principal’s intention was to show how words can hurt.

“We’re trying to make an example and we failed in terms of being able to do that. But there was no malice intended. It wasn’t intentional in terms of that,” said Matthew Nelson, superintendent.

Nelson says the assistant principal will undergo training.

Jarett isn’t satisfied with the response.

“They’re just going to brush off and keep it that way and maybe a couple years down the line it’s going to be the same thing. It may not be my kid but someone else’s kid,” Jarett said.

Information from CNN Newsource was used in this report.


2 Columbus police officers arrested, facing charges of misconduct, ghost employment

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Two Columbus police officers have been arrested on multiple charges including official misconduct and ghost employment.

According to Indiana State Police, Dan Meister and Ron May were arrested for allegedly working off-duty security jobs while also working on duty with the Columbus Police Department. An investigation into the officers began in November 2018 after a request was made by the Columbus Police Department.

Lt. Dan Meister and Sgt. Ron May allegedly worked overlapping shifts for both the police department and Columbus Regional Hospital between February 2015 and August 2018. The officers were paid by CPD and the hospital for the same hours worked on multiple occasions.

Meister had overlapped hours on 52 different occasions and May overlapped on 62 occasions, investigators say.

The investigation was turned over to a special prosecutor and arrest warrants were issued for the men on Friday. They were arrested Friday afternoon without incident and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, police say.

Both officers are facing charges of official misconduct, ghost employment and theft.

May and Meister are expected to face initial hearings soon.

Information about how long they have worked with CPD was not immediately available.