Georgia School Superintendent Resigns After Audio Recordings Expose Racist Rants, Use of the N-Word
Buford City Schools Superintendent Geye Hamby resigned Friday after it was revealed he repeatedly used the N-word in racist rants that emerged amid a discrimination lawsuit.
“My sincere apologies for any actions that may have created adversity for this community and the Buford School District,” he wrote.
Hamby was named in the racial discrimination lawsuit filed in June by a black employee who worked for the district for nearly two decades before she was fired last year. Audio recordings of the two vile rants were submitted with the complaint and reviewed by the Daily News after they were first reported by AJC.
The man identified as Hamby uses the N-word more than a half-dozen times.
“F— that n—-r. I’ll kill these goddamned, shoot that mother—– if they let me,” the man’s voice says, referring to black construction workers.
He repeatedly refers to the workers as “deadbeat n—-r.” Hamby reportedly was earning $308,000 to helm the school system serving 4,700 students across two elementary schools, a middle school and a high school.
Mary Ingram, 66, filed the underlying lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Georgia after working as a paraprofessional in the school system. Ingram says she was fired in 2017 as retribution for circulating a petition calling for a change to the school system’s emblem.
Her petition called for the district’s green and white emblem to add a third color – gold – to signify the city’s separate black school district that existed prior to 1969.
“I was afraid we were about to lose our heritage,” she told AJC. “I wanted them to know it was important to the community.”
Ingram had glowing evaluations of her work before pursuing the emblem change, her lawsuit states.
The scariest part in all this is that this man was responsible for overseeing an entire school system.