Sabish Teacher Placed On Leave Following Allegations Of Racial Slur

A Sabish middle school teacher has been placed on leave while an investigation of alleged use of a racial slur is being investgated.

KFIZ News learned that a letter was sent to Sabish students and families back on February 17, informing them of the alleged incident and the investigation.

The letter was issued by Fond du Lac School District Superintendent Jeffrey Fleig.

We reached out to Dr. Fleig, who told us “I have attached a letter that went out to Sabish families on 2-17-22. The District does not comment on personnel investigations; rest assured we are committed to our students safety and well being in continuing to provide a quality education.”

The details surrounding the alleged incident are not clear. We reached out to the teacher involved, for comment, but had not received any communication back as of Monday morning.

Reports of the teacher being fired have also not been confirmed, and a scan of the Sabish Middle School staff shows the teacher still listed. KFIZ will update this story as more details become available.

The letter sent to families is as follows:

“Dear Sabish Middle School Families,

I wanted to inform you that today we learned of an allegation where a staff member used racist language in talking with students. As soon as we learned of the allegation, we began an investigation into the
situation. The employee has been placed on leave while the Fond du Lac School District is investigating.

The school administrators are working directly with the students that we know were involved and their families. If your student was impacted by this and needs additional support, please have them contact Principal O’Hara.

The safety of our students is our top priority, and we take allegations of this nature very seriously. We are committed to ensuring that our schools are emotionally, physically and psychologically safe.

The Fond du Lac School District does not tolerate racially insensitive language and will conduct a thorough investigation to determine next steps to repair harm. We ask that each family take some time tonight to discuss safety with their children and remind them that if they see something concerning, they should say something to an adult.

It takes all of us working together to make our school a safe and welcoming environment.
Jeffrey Fleig, Ph.D.