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Teacher Calls Student 'Nappy-Headed,' Student Kicked Out of School for Complaining

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Brea Persley was in science class, reports KTLA, when her teacher allegedly slung a racial slur at her, telling the 13-year-old to "sit your nappy-headed self down."

When Persley's mom, Shronda Williams, went in and spoke to the principal at Inglewood's Century Academy of Excellence about the incident, though, rather than getting an apology, she was told that the principal was happy about what happened, because "bad things need to happen to mean kids."

The principal then informed Williams that Persley was expelled from school. In a letter sent home to Persley's family, the school stated that she had been kicked out expressly because her mother complained to the principal.

Because Century Academy is a charter school, they can make their own rules about expelling kids, and only have to answer to the accreditation board or legal action taken against them. Williams has said that she plans to take the case to the board.