TikToker had to undergo ‘suicide assessment’ after teacher told N-Word

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This article details discussions about suicide.

In a viral TikTok video, a Black TikToker describes having to undergo a suicide assessment after one of his beloved teachers uttered the N word during a class discussion.

@ olivia2005nicole2 posted the video, which shows her in front of a green screen. He shows no faces during the conversation, although he does provide the audio of a controversial breed discussion.

“It’s not even the right flag; it’s literally rooted in racism, ”said one student apparent to the teacher, invisible in the recording. The TikToker later explained that the “flag” was the “Confederate flag” in the comments.

” Thus [N-word]! “exclaims the professor.” They’re both rooted in racism, all of you. “

The audio ends and the TikToker describes the teacher who made the remarks as someone she “loved so much” and visited “every morning”.

She further explains that she “sat next to the girl who recorded it” and left school and returned home after having to undergo “a suicide assessment after [she and the teacher] had this conversation.

She continues, “This is what it is. I am tired. I am so tired. I had to quit my job because a white woman called me that word. This word hurts people. I don’t understand how a professional can say that in a room where you know black people will be present. She’s a teacher that I visit every morning, and I call her mom and hug her.

She then says she lost a best friend whose boyfriend called her racial insult.

“I don’t understand the obsession all of you have with the word,” she said. “It’s stupid; you are an educator. She took a break before saying it, so she clearly meant it. It’s out of my hands.

The post added to the mental and emotional health realities of black college students facing race-insensitive conversations and micro-aggression in the classroom. It has received over 181,000 views and 2,400 comments so far.

One of the main comments reads: “the teacher felt a little too comfortable to say the word”.

Another wrote: “They always say ‘it’s just a word’, but if it was really just a word, they wouldn’t mean it so badly.”

The Daily Dot has contacted @ olivia2005nicole2 for comment.

For more information on suicide prevention or to speak to someone in confidence, contact National lifeline for suicide prevention (United States) or Samaritans (UK).

If you’re a teenager with depression or other mental health issues, check out PBS.org for an resource list and organizations that can help you. If you are an adult, see Mental health resources.


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* First published: Sep 16, 2021, 2:28 p.m. CDT

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