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Racial slur caught in message, causing controversy with MCSB

Posted: Updated: Dec 4, 2012 06:36 PM

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Board member Vickie Krutzer left a message and thought she had hung up, but apparently she hadn't. As a result a private conversation between her and a yet to be named male was recorded on the central office voicemail, what was discussed is creating controversy.

The recorded conversation contained the n-word, a racial slur apparently directed toward black members of the superintendent search committee and their IQ's. There was also a recorded insult questioning board member Rodney Mcfarland's ability to lead that committee. 

"Hearing from others what was on the tape was one thing, but hearing the words yourself, hearing an individual say n**** any of those n**** have got an IQ above 10? Those were some hurtful words that brought chills through my body," said McFarland.

We got our hands on a copy of the voicemail recording and discovered the slur and insults, were not made by Krutzer, but rather the male voice.

It's obvious Krutzer didn't know the exchange was recorded because the comments come a minute and a half after she thought she had hung up. McFarland acknowledges the racial slur didn't come from Krutzer, but is upset she didn't do more to defend him.  "The conversation was there with her, she did not say 'no don't say that' or 'that's not right'," said McFarland.

A last minute agenda addition to Tuesday's night school board meeting, calling for "an executive session to discuss the complaint of misconduct of an employee" has fueled speculation its related to this matter.

McFarland says he doesn't know who added the item to the agenda and wouldn't say if he thinks Krutzer should resign. "She should do what's right for her district," was his response. We reached out to Krutzer, she called the situation "absurd" and said she would speak with her attorney before giving us a statement. Later she told us she wouldn't, because she doesn't know from the agenda if the complaint is actually about her.

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