The Buford school district superintendent is at the center of a suit following the allegedly racially motivated firing of a 66-year-old employee, Mary Ingram. After the tapes were revealed, Buford was put on leave with the district.
After graduating as one of the first integrated students at Buford schools in 1970, Ingram worked within the district for 18 years. Four years ago, she started a petition to have gold added into the school district’s color scheme in honor of black schools that used to be part of the network of schools. As a result, Ingram claims to have received several unwarranted writeups which eventually led to a run in with Hamby. She was subsequently fired from her position.
She is now suing, saying she was fired without cause, and it may have been was racially motivated.
Ingram’s lawyers presented two different recordings of Hamby spewing racial epithets on a construction site.
In one recording, Hamby can be heard attacking a worker who was using his cell phone while he waited for a forklift saying, “Fuck that n****r. I’d kill the goddamned… shoot that motherfucker if they let me…” In the other, he is heard asking for a “quality person” to be sent for work instead of “deadbeat n****rs.”
Lawyers say that the recordings were offered to them anonymously, but have been vetted for authenticity.
When asked about the incident, Hamby described it as “a personnel and legal matter pertaining to a disgruntled employee.” Otherwise, Hamby has not commented on the case or his racially charged insults.
H/T The Root