A Fayetteville, N.C., high school teacher has been accused of making racial slurs and making anti-Semitic remarks to a student, prompting a disciplinary hearing that is likely to be the first of its kind in the state.
State records show that William A. Jeter Jr. has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery and two counts for disorderly conduct, a violation that could result in a suspended sentence and fines up to $10,000.
Jeter, 54, has worked at Forsyth County Schools for 25 years and is the school counselor for the Forsyth Public School District.
He was fired last week.
The charges stem from a May 9 incident when Jeter allegedly yelled racial slurs during a classroom meeting and then later made anti-Semitism statements to a male student, according to the criminal complaint.
The student, identified as Anthony, said he was shocked when Jeters outburst was caught on camera and asked him to leave the room.
Jeters response to Anthony’s initial question, which was “Are you serious?” was recorded on a cellphone, the complaint states.
The video showed Jeters then walking up to Anthony and allegedly making comments about his appearance.
Jett’s attorney, William F. Smith, could not immediately be reached for comment.
Smith said the charges are not related to the incident and that Jeter is a victim of “political correctness gone mad” and has been forced to “suffer for the fact that he is a teacher.”
“I believe the school district has made an incredibly horrible mistake,” Smith said.
“They have had a man accused of doing these things who is a good person, but they didn’t do anything to stop him from being a teacher.
He’s a victim.
He had to suffer for the error.
They’re blaming him for the errors of a bad man.”
The charges are the first time that a teacher has faced criminal charges in a classroom for racial slurs.
Last month, an educator was fired after a student called her an “a$$hole” after she said a teacher called her a f—ing whore.
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident, but there have been no arrests.