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St. Paul teacher on leave after using racial slur to describe black students

A St. Paul teacher is on paid leave after video was posted online that showed her using a racial slur at school, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

A parent of a Highland Park student posted the 23-second video clip Wednesday, May 8, to various social media channels. It shows the teacher speaking in a hallway with at least five people while a sixth records the conversation.

She appears to say, “I just walk around the room … (unintelligible) just pick on them. They’re black. And they’re the only (expletive) (n-word) doing any work.”

Several parents identified the teacher as Wendy Brilowski, who teaches Spanish at Highland Park Middle School.

It’s unclear who else was part of the conversation. The video quality is poor and does not show any faces.

Brilowski seemed to immediately regret what she said. As one of the five walked away, the teacher said, “I know. I’m sorry.”

Another staff member then seemed to defend Brilowski, suggesting that the teacher was only repeating what someone else had said.

Brilowski could not be reached for comment Thursday.

The school district posted a message Thursday which said an unnamed staff member is on administrative leave while the district reviews what happened.