West Virginia Educator Gets Suspension for Calling Students 'Trailer Trash'

Calling students "trailer trash" for bad behavior is an offense, but in Marshall County, it merits only a one-day suspension, not two.

That's the ruling from the Board of Education, which voted Tuesday to override an earlier penalty for John Marshall High School adviser Nicole Shipman. The board says Shipman should be reimbursed for the extra day she was off.

Last month, Shipman handed a memo to some unruly students, warning that if they insisted on acting like trailer trash, that's how she would treat them.

That broke the board's Employee Code of Conduct rules.

Shipman has since apologized, citing the stress of her job. She says though she was unprofessional that day, it is not her nature.