HOUSTON (CBS Houston) — A middle school principal is apologizing for calling a student the “N-word” in the school’s cafeteria.
The Houston Independent School District said in a statement, “Attucks Middle School Principal Deirdre Sharkey has acknowledged using inappropriate language on campus. Ms. Sharkey apologized for her remarks and the district took appropriate disciplinary action against her.”
HISD refused further comment, and a staff member at the middle school said Sharkey isn’t responding to calls related to the incident.
KPRC-TV reported that Sharkey let the word slip when she tried to bring a food fight under control in the school cafeteria.
According to the school’s website, Sharkey was a microbiologist in California before earning her Masters in Epidemiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Sharkey also served as Coordinator of HIV/AIDS Research Projects for Houston Health and Human Services.