The mother of a black sixth-grader has filed a damage claim against a California school district after a white teacher was caught making racist remarks on a Zoom call. 

By Andrew Court

Katura Stokes filed the claim against the Palmdale School District on Thursday after the shocking comments were made on January 20. 

The damage claim is likely to lead to a lawsuit, according to The Orange County Register, who obtained video of the rant in which educator, Kimberly Newman, claimed black people lie and fail to take accountability for their actions.

According to Stokes’ attorneys, the mom reached out to teachers at Desert Willow Fine Arts, Science and Technology Magnet Academy back in January because her 12-year-old son was struggling to adjust to online learning.  

 Newman, a science instructor, called Stokes and her son via Zoom on January 20 to help them through some educational issues. 

Afterward, Newman failed to exit the call and was heard making racist comments on her computer’s microphone. 

In a video of the call, Newman tells another person – purportedly her husband – that she believes Stokes had been avoiding making contact with the school and actually had no interest in helping her son with his classwork
Stokes says she recorded the incident on her phone because the remarks were so outrageous that she was concerned no one would believe they were real

Newman has since resigned from Desert Willow Fine Arts, Science and Technology Magnet Academy.

She also appears to have scrubbed her social media accounts. 

Stokes says she recorded the incident on her phone because the remarks were so outrageous that she was concerned no one would believe they were real. 

Stokes is now being represented by Neil Gehlawat and John Taylor of Ring Taylor attorneys. 

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