Virginia teacher put on leave for saying N-word during class

- An online petition has gathered more than 1,300 signatures on behalf of a popular Virginia high school teacher who was kicked out of the classroom earlier this month for using a racial slur.

The petition claims history teacher Lynne Pierce, who is white, did nothing wrong when she uttered the "N-word" during a discussion with her students at Heritage High School in Newport News about racism, derogatory terms and the nickname of the Washington Redskins. Heritage is 90 percent black.

"She is a history teacher, she cannot be censored for teaching terms and beliefs that people had throughout history," the petition says. 

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