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Community, former teachers, leaders speak out over principal's resignation

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The recording of former Florida-Kansas Elementary School Principal Tracie Boyd Greer sparked outrage across Shelby County on Thursday. The recording of former Florida-Kansas Elementary School Principal Tracie Boyd Greer sparked outrage across Shelby County on Thursday.
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(WMC) - A principal resigned after her voice was heard on an audio recording calling students the n-word and talking to teachers about rigging exams.

The recording of former Florida-Kansas Elementary School Principal Tracie Boyd Greer sparked outrage across Shelby County on Thursday.

Now, community leaders, neighbors, and even former students are talking about the audio recording. And they do not like what they hear.

"I mean that's ridiculous," said Pastor Ralph White when he heard the audio recording.

Reginald Henderson, who was a student at the school, agrees.

"You're a principal at the school, so you gotta want to see them do better, instead of talking down on them," he said.

The recording is not sitting well with Ladarus Benson, whose niece and nephew attend school there.

"Get somebody in there that's gonna encourage the kids and make sure all of them pass, not just 10," said Benson.

Shelby County Schools accepted Ms. Greer's resignation before TCAP testing began, but there is much more to the story, says a former employee at the school.

The former employee, who asked not to be identified, says the recording came as no surprise to her.

"What the city heard and what her bosses heard, that's her talking about the kids on a good day," she said. "It's been worse than that."

The recording also caught the principal discussing improper TCAP procedures with the teachers, asking them to single out 10 students and make sure they do well.

"There's always a great amount of pressure to perform well and, I guess, so much pressure as to where a principal might feel the need to cheat or do things they know they are not supposed to do in order to keep their jobs," said the former teacher. "This does not justify her behavior, but I'm happy that it's out."

Ralph White, the pastor of Bloomfield Baptist Church across the street, says it is an issue that needs to be addressed.

"It's very unfortunate and I'm sure that's not Shelby County Schools, I'm sure that's not every school, but to know that it's right here in our neighborhood, it's disheartening," he said.

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