By Jasmine Washington, Ebony
A video of a woman spewing hateful rhetoric in a Connecticut grocery store went viral last week. The woman, later identified as Corinne Terrone, resigned Friday from her job as a public office worker in Connecticut’s Hamden school district.
The video, which has been viewed over 500,000 times, shows Terrone calling an African-American man the N-word and spitting at him as he walked away.
The school district released a statement regarding the incident on its website.
“We have become aware of video footage that appears to show an employee in our district engaged in abhorrent conduct. Specifically, the video appears to show the employee repeatedly calling an African-American man the N-word in a supermarket in East Haven,” according to the statement.
“The video also appears to show the Hamden employee spitting at the aforementioned African-American male as he was walking away from the employee. It also appears that the employee’s children witnessed her conduct. Because her children were present, school administrators filed a DCF report.”
The district also revealed their course of action in the wake of the incident.
“While it appears as though this happened after work hours on Friday evening, the Human Resource Director contacted the employee and arranged an investigatory meeting with her. Shortly after final arrangements were made for the investigatory meeting, the employee rendered her resignation effective immediately.”
Distancing itself from the comments made during Terrone’s tirade, the school district continued, “The language the employee used in the video is in conflict with the values of the Hamden Public School System. Someone who will use that sort of language in any setting, whether public or private, is not someone we want anywhere near our children. The employee is separated from service, and we hope that her children will receive the support they need after witnessing such a traumatic event.”
Terrone’s former employer isn’t the only one condemning her recent actions.
In a joint statement obtained by the Daily News, Mayor Curt Leng and Council President Michael McGarry also shared their thoughts.
“What I saw was vile and shocking. While I am disgusted and disheartened seeing such hateful behavior, wildly unacceptable anywhere I am thankful for the swift and effective actions taken by our school system to address this head on and make clear that hate and violence will not be tolerated.”
McGarry added, “Hamden values the inherent worth and dignity of all people, and the actions and statements in the video do not reflect those values.”
This article originally appeared in the Ebony.