Official: Teacher violated policy with racially charged word

An official says a white Utah teacher violated school district policy by using a racially charged word in his junior high class.

Weber School District spokesman Nate Taggart says appropriate administrative action was taken against history teacher Douglas Barker. Further details were not provided on the action.

Taggart says Barker used the N-word before showing his class of 8th graders the Civil War movie "Glory."

Barker said in an email Wednesday that he was making sure his students understood why the word would be used in the film.

Parent Holly Frye said her 14-year-old son doesn't feel safe at school after the experience last month at South Ogden Junior High School.

Frye, who is black, says she wants Barker removed as a history teacher.