Pinay teacher accused of racism airs side

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Oct 14 2014 06:23 PM | Updated as of Oct 15 2014 02:23 AM

SAN BERNARDINO, California – The Filipino teacher accused of using a racial slur in her classroom faced local media to give her side of the story.

"Why did the superintendent delay the truth of the investigation? Delaying this truth is adding more pain to my injury, my emotional stress,” said Bernadette Yuson.

Last month, a student accused Yuson of using the "n" word in the classroom.

Yuson said she only repeated the n-word, asking a disruptive student if it was a good word to say.

Yuson and her supporters have revealed that after the incident, the principal had told her that if she admitted to using inappropriate language the issue would end.

"I just don't like this problem to reach the district if it will be settled at that very moment so I signed the paper," said Yuson.

But still, the student complained to the school district.

Local media picked up on the issue and a letter was then sent out to parents saying that a teacher had used a racial slur.

"Bernadette is a victim of the district's manipulation of the information regarding the facts of the case," said Tony Dorono of the Filipino Migrant Center.

The Filipino community has made demands to clear Yuson's name.

As of now, Yuson remains on paid administrative leave.

The school district has declined to comment on the recent activities but is expected to release their investigation findings by the end of this month.

There are no further meetings between the Filipino community and other groups. For now, they are on a wait-and-see mode seeing if the district is willing to meet their demands.

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