Houston teacher caught on camera hurling racist slurs against Hispanic couple, gets fired
27-year-old Tiffany Scott was arrested and also fired from her job after she hurled racist rant against a Hispanic couple on October 9.
A teacher in Houston was fired after she let loose a racist rant at a Hispanic couple after they met with a minor traffic accident. 27-year-old Tiffany Scott was in an accident with an engaged couple, Kimberly Lopez and Jose Sanchez, on October 9 which led to the black teacher being caught on camera yelling at them for the accident. Scott is heard saying in the video: "You swam here with the rest of your family." Lopez's Facebook account is listed as Kimberly Sanchez, and she uploaded the video to her social media page. Soon after she was reported, Scott was fired from KIPP Voyage Academy for Girls.
The Houston Chronicle reported that Scott was also arrested on a charge of assault after she allegedly swatted the phone out of the woman's hand, which she says was her response to a similar act from the woman. Scott, however, admitted that she was wrong about making the racial comment and also apologized but insisted that she was provoked by the couple who she alleges first hurled the racial slur. She said: "They asked me if I swam from Africa to Houston," and added: "My intention was never to bring any other race down, so I want to go ahead and apologize for that."
The couple has denied the allegations of racism.
Moments after Scott made the swimming comments, she decided to share her doubts on Lopez and Sanchez's citizenship status in the country. She can be heard saying: "You have kids here so that made you a USA citizen? Right." In the second video, Scott not only insults Hispanic people in general but also specifically targets the ones she teaches with reference to the couple.
Sanchez can be heard saying off camera: "Yeah, we make them in Mexico... oh yeah, we f***ing make them in Mexico." Scott then replies: "No, they don't. I teach all ya'll dumb-a** kids, ya'll don't." The Houston Police Department spokesperson Jodi Silva said that officers arrived at the scene of the incident at around 6:40 p.m. on October 9 after they got a call about an "accident with a disturbance.'
All while Scott maintained she didn't initiate the verbal duel, the couple, however, denied making any racially motivated comments towards the educator and also said that they did not spit on her likes she claimed. The videos were first uploaded on Snapchat and later uploaded on Facebook. Sanchez said that she removed the videos from public view later because of the comments from some social media users.
Before they were taken down, the school was made aware of the incident and they immediately terminated Scott as an educator. KIPP Regional Superintendent Daniel Caesar wrote in a statement: "Wednesday morning, we were made aware of a video being shared on social media where a KIPP employee is observed making racially insensitive and inappropriate comments while off-campus."
"We acknowledge the many social media supporters who shared their concerns. We value each and every student and family that is a part of the KIPP network, and we do not tolerate discriminatory remarks of any kind. KIPP Texas Public Schools is committed to taking swift action in situations such as these, and we remain committed to our mission of preparing our students for choice-filled lives as they continue on the path to and through college."
Scott has insisted that she is not a racist and that she is thinking of litigation at this time. She said: "I made sure that, when I came to Houston, I gave 100 percent and I made sure that every child I taught knew that Ms. Scott loved them." The former educator had been teaching at KIPP for two years before she was fired.