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State Leaders Hear Complaints Of Racism At Eastern N.C. School For Deaf

Posted August 12, 2003

— State leaders met Tuesday to discuss new complaints of racism at the

Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf

in Wilson.

An employee at the school told members of the Legislative Black Caucus that some workers used racial slurs and were not disciplined.

Health and Human Services Secretary Carmen Hooker-Odom assured legislators that the department is investigating.

The incidents are not the first time employees have complained of a racist work environment at the school. Several years ago, the absence of black administrators and the scarcity of black teachers were used as evidence of racial bias in employees' complaints.

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