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March 26, 2019

Connecticut woman resigns from public school job after going on racist rant at grocery store

March 16, 2019
In the video, Corinne Terrone (left) uses the N-word three times and spits at black man and woman. (Facebook)

A New Haven resident and Hamden Public Schools employee resigned Friday after a video in which she uses racist slurs during a confrontation in a Connecticut Shop Rite was widely shared on Facebook.

In the video, Corinne Terrone uses the N-word three times and spits at a black man and woman.

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At one point, Terrone begins to record the two after using the N-word but the phone is slapped out of her hands to the ground.

According to the Facebook post, the video was filmed at a store in East Haven.

The video has been shared over 7,000 times and has more than 180,000 views. Comments overwhelmingly supported the victims and condemned Terrone.

According to the New Haven Register, one of Terrone’s black neighbors was surprised to hear about the incident and mentioned that his grandchildren play with her kids.

He added that she was an “excellent” neighbor but was “in a bad situation.”

Lt. Joseph Murgo released a statement, saying East Haven Police “is aware of this disturbing video and the hate speech contained in it” but that no complaint has been filed.

He said the department was coordinating with Shop Rite to understand what happened at the store.

He asked that anyone with information to come forward.

“We have a lot of avenues to go down if somebody were to reach out to us,” Murgo told the New Haven Register. “We want somebody to come forward... if they were present last night.”

Though no complaint has been filed, Murgo said that spitting constitutes assault.

Hamden Public Schools said that since Terrone’s children were present during the incident, a Department of Children and Families report was filed.

According to the Facebook post, the video was filmed at a store in East Haven, Conn.
According to the Facebook post, the video was filmed at a store in East Haven, Conn. (Facebook)

“The language the employee used in the video is in conflict with the values of the Hamden Public School System,” the district’s statement said. “Someone who will use that sort of language in any setting, whether public or private, is not someone we want anywhere near our children. The employee is separated from service, and we hope that her children will receive the support they need after witnessing such a traumatic event.”

In a joint statement, Mayor Curt Leng and Council President Michael McGarry condemned Terrone’s actions.

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“What I saw was vile and shocking. While I am disgusted and disheartened seeing such hateful behavior, wildly unacceptable anywhere, I am thankful for the swift and effective actions taken by our school system to address this head on and make clear that hate and violence will not be tolerated,” Leng said.

“Hamden values the inherent worth and dignity of all people, and the actions and statements in the video do not reflect those values,” McGarry said.

State Sen. Len Fasano and State Rep. Joseph Zullo, both Republicans representing East Haven, condemned Terrone’s behavior as well and said it did not reflect the community’s values.

Anyone with information can contact the East Haven Department of Police Services at (203) 468-3820

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