And home owners.
Thanks for joining us... a former west high school employee is filing a grievance with the madison metropolitan school district after being fired yesterday for using the n- word.
It comes after several incidents of staff members using racial slurs in front of students in the past year.
Madalyn o'neill is live at west high school with why this time ..
The staff member says it's different.
Marlon anderson worked as a security assistant here at west high school for three years -- 11 years total within the district.
He has three sons -- one is the president of this school's black student union.
Anderson and several students are arguing he shouldn't have been fired, saying he was just defending himself against the use of the word toward himself.
Marlon anderson, fired for using n-word 26:56 "that's part of my passion.
I love kids."
If anyone knows the power of words to light up a student's world ... it's marlon anderson.
Anderson 35:40ish "i always say things like, you're the best, you're the greatest."
It's one word he said .
Anderson 22:45 "i do not feel it's fair."
That got him fired from his job as a security assistant at west high school.
Anderson 25:02 "i made a conscious decision to address the word, because it is an epidemic.
Our kids use it every day."
Anderson says a student who was refusing to leave the school pushed the assistant principal ..
So he felt it was his job to help.
That's when the student said this: anderson 16:53 "he called me a b a-- n-word."
Anderson says no other staff member told the student to stop ..
And he only said the n-word to tell the student to stop calling him that.
Anderson 22:16 "you have no tolerance for a word, but yet you let students call me that word 15 times without correcting that behavior."
It's the zero tolerance policy for staff saying the racial slur that got anderson fired ..
A policy he wants the district to look at.
Anderson 32:22 "it's lazy.
H says when it comes to using the word ..
Context is everything.
Anderson 27:57 "my father was called this word, my grandmother, my grandfather and keep going down the family line.
We were all called this word, and not one of them could say don't call me that.
And i shouldn't be punished because i have the right to tell somebody not to call me this word."
28:22 m-m-s-d's board of education president writes that while racial slurs have no place in schools ... quote, "we have also heard from the community about the complexity involved -and (it's) our duty to examine it."
In the meantime ... anderson sees the power of his students' and supporters' words ..
Pouring in on social media ..
Now helping him.
Anderson 36:27 "regardless of whatever the future this holds for me with the mmsd, i touched a lot of kids."
The education board's president says she's requested a review of their policies in relation to this be placed on the agenda to be discussed as a community soon as possible the madison teacher's union is representing anderson in his grievance ..
Requesting a hearing to appeal his termination.
They say that process can take a long time.
In the mean time ... students are planning a walkout from west high here tomorrow at 10 a.m.
Madalyn o'neill reporting live at west