A white Texas theater teacher has reportedly resigned from his job after 14 years amid backlash — after being admitted with a racist remark in class and asking why there’s no “white history” month.
The teacher, Norman Grueneich, was admitted earlier this month with the “N” word and other offensive remarks during a theater technique class at Klein Collins High School in Spring, Texas, just north of Houston.
In the audio recordings, which were later posted to social media, he was told: “People are really getting upset, and the tension in the room is building because we can’t have a difference of opinion.”
A student then asks him, “I mean, if there’s a word you can’t say, why are you saying it?”
“I don’t know,” Grueneich replies. “Why do guys in my class say, you know, ‘Man n*****, are you crazy?” Why do they say that? And why can’t I say that because I’m white? I can’t pronounce the N-word.’
Norman Grueneich resigned as a theater teacher after being taken in class with the ‘N’ word and asking his students why there is no white history month
He had been a theater teacher at Klein Collins High School for 14 years
The conversation later turns to Grueneich asking why there is a black history month and not a white history month.
‘Cause when I say that, you’re going to say, ‘Oh my god, that’s racist, that’s KKK stuff,’ he tells his class in another recording.
“Do we have a Spanish Heritage Month?” he asks, to which a student was heard hesitantly, “Yes.”
‘OK why?’ he asks again. ‘Why? Why? Why do we have a Black History Month.’
At that moment, another student was heard to ask Grueneich, whose students called him “Mr. G” if he wants a white history month, as Grueneich keeps asking the students why there is a Black History month, until a third student calls in, “Because of what they’ve been through.”
“Because of what they’ve been through?” he spits back when the recording ends abruptly.
But according to rough storyGrueneich then asks, ‘Why don’t we keep a white history month about what the Irish went through,’ to which one student replies that that would be considered an Irish history month.
The audio clips were posted to social media by Adrian Lopez, who said the incident started when his daughter and her boyfriend had a private conversation about other students using the offensive term.
The audio clips quickly spread via social media, with Nicky D writing that he was “ashamed to see that ‘Klein Collins’ would rather brush the racist and hurtful action under the rug than punish him”
The exchange reportedly took place earlier this month after a female college student overheard some of her colleagues using derogatory terms in her English class toward African-American and gay students.
She then went to her Theater Tech 2 class and spoke about the incident with her boyfriend, who is black, in a private conversation before the bell rang, the girl’s father, Adrian Lopez, wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
But, he said, Grueneich topped the conversation and “went on a half-hour rant about why those students weren’t doing anything wrong.
“He spoke to my daughter and her boyfriend in an aggressive and humiliating way,” said Lopez, who also posted the audio clips of the conversation. “This is a grown man in his fifties.
“So the girls went to the administration to report him,” Lopez wrote, claiming: “The two vice directors they spoke to told them, ‘Don’t post the video on social media’ and ‘Let’s keep it small. .’
One of the vice principals, Lopez said, said to the students, “Should he have said that? Probably not, but what if he learned a play about civil rights?’
“She then said, ‘The word cracker is just as offensive,'” as the N-word claims, Lopez says, noting that another vice principal said to the girls, “This is what you will always have to deal with in life.” . You better get used to it.’
“The mere fact that a teacher can make disgusting, racist remarks and be supported by the administration is a blatant failure in this institution to say the least,” Lopez wrote. “It infuriates me that my daughter and her friend went through this.”
He said the incident had taken place a week earlier, but the administration had not intervened, leading him to post the audio recordings.
“I don’t want to do this or be involved in this, but I will never allow anyone to do any harm, disservice or disrespect to children,” Lopez said.
The footage was soon shared widely on social media, with one twitter user, nicknamed Nicky D’s, writing: “As a Klein Collins graduate, I am ashamed to see that the administration prefers to hide Mr Grueneich’s racist and hurtful actions under the rug.” instead of punishing him and supporting his students.’
“Do it better, Klein Collins.”
Parents allege school administrators failed to act after the incident, holding a press conference on Wednesday calling on the district to investigate the comments
On Wednesday, concerned parents and local community activist Quannell X held a press conference calling on the government to take action, according to a video from the press conference posted by KPRC 2 reporter Sabirah Rayford
“We said, ‘Look, we’re trying to do this the right way. We don’t want to go to the media,” said Jamie Olliver, whose daughter recorded the exchange.
“I don’t want a reaction to my family, to the children of other students, faculty,” Olliver said. “And a whole week later, still no phone call. No email, nothing.’
At the press conference, X said, “Mr. G, your words are an insult to every black student, Latino student and indigenous people.
“You tried to intimidate these students by saying things that are downright insulting,” he said Click 2 Houston.
X continued to say he was quoting Grueneich when he said that “there is no evidence that Native Americans inherited the land.”
“This man is unfit, unqualified to be a teacher,” X said, adding that he hoped the school would investigate past comments Grueneich said “because if you have that mindset about black people, Hispanics and Indians, who knows.” what have you done with your list of marks?’
In a statement to KHOU 11said the Klein Independent School District: ‘At Klein ISD, we pride ourselves on our ability to create safe spaces for every child in our schools. This former employee has not done so and is no longer employed by Klein ISD.
‘The statements of this former employee do not reflect the shared vision of our neighbourhood, our employees or anything else about Klein ISD.
“We regret that our students were influenced by this language, and if any of them would like to speak to one of our counselors, we will make them available.
“Every child deserves to feel safe and have a positive learning experience at school. We deeply regret that this former employee was unable to do this for our students.
“This incident is still under investigation at this time.”