The Kokomo School Board voted Monday to terminate two employees, one of whom was involved in an incident where a racial slur was caught on video.

The board voted during its regular meeting to terminate paraprofessional Greg Ostapa, who was caught on film with another student laughing at an image of the game hangman, with a derogatory six-letter slur directed toward African Americans almost completed on a tablet screen.

Following the incident, the school released a statement noting the student involved in the incident was disciplined, though it legally cannot release the nature of that discipline. The student who filmed the incident was also disciplined for recording a student and staff member without their consent.

Unika Davis, a food service employee, also was terminated.

Following the vote, the school corporation provided a statement on the terminations.

“The reason for the terminations is that Ms. Davis and Mr. Ostapa failed to abide by the rules within the Kokomo School Corporation’s classified employee manual."

Education Reporter Caele Pemberton can be reached at 765-454-8587, by email at caele.pemberton@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @CaelePemberton

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