High School Clerk Resigns After Spitting At and Calling Black People the N-Word

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Facebook / Tatiana Winn

East Haven, CT – A public school official resigned from her position after a viral video of her racist tirade in a Shop Rite grocery store surfaced online, according to school Superintendent Jody Goeler.

The woman, who has been identified as Corinne Terrone – according to a report from WFSB – can be seen in the now-viral video spitting three times and repeatedly calling a pair of black shoppers the n-word.

The woman’s children were with her during the entirety of the incident.

Video of the store confrontation shared to Facebook by Tatiana Winn on Friday night has over 8,000 shares and 300,000 views.

A statement from the mayor of Hamden, Connecticut, Curt Balzano, was released Saturday via the Town of Hamden Facebook page:

Statement from Hamden Mayor Regarding the Hateful Viral East Haven ShopRite Video

What I saw was vile and shocking. While I am disgusted and disheartened seeing such hateful behavior, wildly unacceptable anywhere, I am thankful for the swift and effective actions taken by our school system to address this head on and make clear that hate and violence will not be tolerated.

Town of Hamden, Connecticut / Facebook

The statement went on to recap an earlier statement given by the Hamden Board of Education about the incident.

We have become aware of video footage that appears to show an employee in our district engaged in abhorrent conduct. Specifically, the video appears to show the employee repeatedly calling an African-American man the N-word in a supermarket in East Haven.

Town of Hamden, Connecticut / Facebook

Hamden Public Schools officials also notified child services about the event.

The video also appears to show the Hamden employee spitting at the aforementioned African-American male as he was walking away from the employee. It also appears that the employee’s children witnessed her conduct. Because her children were present, school administrators filed a DCF report.

Town of Hamden, Connecticut / Facebook

And said that Correno decided to resign before any investigations could even take place.

While it appears as though this happened after work hours on Friday evening, the Human Resource Director has already contacted the employee and arranged an investigatory meeting with her. Shortly after final arrangements were made today for the investigatory meeting, the employee tendered her resignation effective immediately.

The language the employee used in the video is in conflict with the values of the Hamden Public School System. Someone who will use that sort of language in any setting whether public or private is not someone we want anywhere near our children. The employee is separated from service, and we hope that her children will receive the support they need after witnessing such a traumatic event.

Town of Hamden, Connecticut / Facebook

The full statement can be read here.

Police in East Haven, CT are investigating the incident as well. Lieutenant Murgo of the East Haven Police Department had this to say.

We are urging any potential victims of last night’s incident to contact us so we can investigate this matter further,

via WFSB

We’ll keep you updated here as this story continues to develop.

h/t WFSB