Firefighter Suspended for Racial Slur Says He Was Quoting Song Lyrics
A firefighter in Texas was suspended by his department for allegedly using a racial slur in front of a co-worker. Michael Sorenson was suspended by the Austin Fire Department for using the N-word while on duty back in May. KXAN-TV in Austin reported Sorenson claimed to be referring to song lyrics.
Immediately after Sorenson finished speaking, one of the colleagues, who is Black, informed Sorenson that his use of a racial slur was wrong, and that the incident would be reported. AFD says Sorenson claimed his use of the word was not directed at someone but was referencing lyrics to a popular song.
AFD Chief Joel G. Baker said that though Sorenson may not have specifically intended to direct the slur at anyone in a derogatory way, the use of a racial slur violates department rules and calls for disciplinary suspension.
The story goes on to say that Sorenson apologized for using the word and has accepted responsibility for the incident. He was suspended for six days after an investigation was conducted by the Austin Fire Department.
This seems like an honest mistake and it's good to see this firefighter own up to what he said and take responsibility. I hope there is no ill will between the two firefighters who were involved in the incident.
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