Last week, we told you about Marlon Anderson, the security guard at West High School in Madison, Wisconsin, who was fired for using the N-word when he told a verbally abusive student not to call him one. Because zero tolerance policies are totally foolproof and not at all counterproductive. Well, to her credit, Cher offered to pay Anderson’s legal expenses if he chose to sue the district. We’re not sure if it was Cher’s offer that shifted the pendulum back in Anderson’s favor, the public outcry, or school administrators growing a conscience, but Anderson’s been reinstated in his former position at the high school:
It’s official: Marlon Anderson has his job back at West High. Just spoke with him, and he says he’s blessed to have all the support he’s gotten and looks forward to advancing change.#News3Now @WISCTV_News3 @cher https://t.co/uqa8E3nn8i
— Madalyn O'Neill (@news3madalyn) October 21, 2019
Here’s Anderson’s Facebook post:
Earlier on Monday, Madison School Board President Gloria Reyes asked the district’s superintendent to rescind Anderson’s termination.
“Going forward, we will review our practice and we remain dedicated to protecting our students and staff from harm by implementing practices that are reflective of the humanity involved,” Reyes said in the statement. “We will grapple with complexity and assess it through a lens of deep racial equity.”
There was nothing complex about this case. Anderson did nothing wrong and was punished anyway.
He did NOTHING wrong!
— Badnan (@AdnanRashid) October 22, 2019
It’s ridiculous that he got disciplined for defending himself in the first place
— David Ferguson (@DavidRF34) October 22, 2019
Should never have been fired in the first place 🙄. One would think a school board would know to actually acquire facts before making a snap decision that could ruin someone’s livelihood & benefits. Smdh
— Stacy NYC (@Hustlediva1) October 22, 2019
Good. It was a stupid ass decision to fire him to begin with. https://t.co/AnIxxfd2w8
— Amy Curtis (@RantyAmyCurtis) October 22, 2019
The story mentions nothing of the child or consequences the child will/did face? And… Whoever fired him should be fired for failing to understand the situation at hand.
— Shani_Williams (@TheReal_Shani) October 22, 2019
Yeah … what did happen to the kid who called Anderson the N-word?
Has the kid been suspended or expelled?
— Rob Rodgers (@RobRodgersSE) October 22, 2019
Ok, so what about the student who was using the slur in the first place? Has he been punished appropriately or at all?
— 👻The Archives Job Market👻 (@snonsumr) October 22, 2019
— Aaron (@Europa599) October 22, 2019