School administrator equates teen saying ‘illegal alien’ to the ‘n-word’ in newly released audio

New audio and screenshots from administrators and school board members responsible for suspending 16-year-old student Christian McGhee for using the term “illegal alien” was released on Monday.

The Liberty Justice Center filed a preliminary injunction Tuesday requesting that a three-day suspension be expunged from McGhee’s record as its lawsuit continued. McGhee and his family are currently suing the Davidson County School Board over what they consider a harsh punishment for an innocent question.


“He swears to me he wasn’t trying to be intentionally rude by asking that, so I talked to him about asking that question by saying ‘illegal alien’ verses ‘those people that need a green card.’ There’s respectful ways of asking that question and there are very disrespectful ways of asking that question,” the administrator said.

He added, “I agree that three days out of school is harsh, but it’s a line we drew in August and even though it hurt to give him that because I didn’t want to go there…but we decided that in August. And if I don’t give him that, then I’m being unfair to the 15 other kids that have served that up until now for saying the n-word or anything else under the sun that’s racially charged that creates a disruption in the classroom.”

In April, Christian McGhee was suspended for three days after asking a teacher whether her reference to the word “aliens” referred to “space aliens, or illegal aliens who need green cards.” After a student allegedly threatened to “kick his a–” for using the term, Christian was referred to the assistant principal who concluded it was a “racially motivated comment which disrupts class.”

In the audio, the administrator explained that the other student later laughed off the comment, but the punishment still needed to remain in force.

“[H]e thought it was funny or at least he laughed about it and said, ‘Oh, it’s no big deal,’ and in the hallway, when I was talking to both boys and Miss Hill, said ‘Those are just words. It’s not a big deal right?’ and I said, ‘No, sir, those words do make a big deal out of this the way they were said and their meaning,’” the administrator said.


“Would you beat a kids [sic] a– who was making antisemitism comments,” one of Carroll’s messages to a community leader who is Jewish read.

She added, “It’s a 3 day suspension. It’s not the end of the world.”

Caroll also shared Leah’s mugshot from an old arrest.

“Here’s the mom’s record if you want to know what kind of person you are dealing with. Didn’t you work hard to get drug dealers off the streets?” Carroll wrote to a former law enforcement officer.

Fox News Digital reached out to the Davidson County School Board for comment but has yet to receive a response.

In a press release, Senior Counsel at the Liberty Justice Center Buck Dougherty said, “The Davidson County School Board has not only invented a racial incident out of thin air, but then gone on to violate a student’s rights to free speech and due process to punish him for that invented incident.”


Education Freedom Attorney Dean McGee, who is representing the McGhee family, told Fox News Digital, “We think the preliminary injunction will be granted which will clear our client’s record as the case proceeds.”


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