By Nigel Boys
A fifty-one-year old teacher, who taught math to at-risk students at a school in Jacksonville, Florida, may be getting her job back, after she was fired from the school in February this year for allegedly insulting the children and calling them the N word.
Reportedly, Joyce Quiller, former teacher at Jean Ribault High School, received a termination letter from the school earlier this year over her alleged continual use of profanity in the classroom with the students, which had been going on since 2001.
However, a judge ruled last month that the Duval School District had not followed the union contract regulations with regards to firing Quiller, because she should have been suspended without pay first, following the three-step system of punishment.
Now the school board must make a decision as to whether they will follow the judge’s order and reinstate Quiller or uphold her dismissal. They are set put the matter to a vote this week.
According to Reginal Luster, legal consultant for Quiller, “The School Board skipped step three and went directly to termination, even though, if the allegations were true, they would have amounted to what is considered a minor offense.”
According to a former student of Quiller, she reprimanded some students for coming late to class by calling them “lazy n*****s.” Another student said that she told him “What is the point in coming to the mother f*****g class if you do not bring materials,” when he forgot his pencil.
However, Luster denies these claims and insists that Quiller did not use the N-word in class. He added that since she is a professional African-American woman, she would never refer to black people in such a derogatory manner and the reason she was dismissed is that the assistant principal at the school has a personal vendetta against her.
Although there are rumors that Quiller has since found work at another school, reportedly the Potter’s House Christian Academy in Jacksonville, according to her Facebook post, those rumors have not been confirmed or denied.
Stephanie Schaap, the teachers’ union attorney for Quiller, said that even if the school board decide to rehire her, following the judge’s recommendations, they may still find a way to fire her again following her union contract steps. She added that the board could also go against the judge’s decision for another legal reason and refuse to reinstate her.