A Connecticut woman who was filmed using racial epithets and spitting on two African Americans at a grocery store has quit her job at a public school district.
Corinne Terrone of New Haven is no longer an employee of Hamden Public Schools, according to a statement from the school district which was released on Saturday.
Terrone worked as a clerk in the district’s central office, according to the New Haven Register.
The resignation was officially announced a day after a video of the incident went viral on Facebook
As of late Saturday, the video had been shared more than 8,300 times and commented on more than 2,500 times. It has generated over 1,000 reactions.
The footage was first posted to Facebook by a user with the profile name ‘Tatiana Winn.’
In the video, Terrone is heard yelling the n-word three times. She then spits at an African American man and woman twice.
It is unclear what, if anything, precipitated the outburst.
After Terrone first utters the racial slur, the man looks as if he steps toward her, prompting her to respond: ‘Put your hands on me, come on!’
She then pulls out her phone and starts recording.
The man then slaps the phone out of her hands.
He then turns and walks away from Terrone, who goes after him. The African American woman then steps in between the two.
The video was filmed at a ShopRite location in East Haven, according to the Facebook post.
Terrone’s next-door neighbor, a black man, told the New Haven Register that he was surprised to see her in the video.
The neighbor said that his grandchildren often play with her children and that he had never witnessed any racist behavior from her in the past.
Terrone has been an ‘excellent’ neighbor, the man said. They have been living next to each other for eight years.
‘She’s always been the sweetest woman in the world,’ the man said.
Police were seen at Terrone’s home on Saturday, but there was nobody inside. Authorities say no criminal complaint has been filed.
‘We are in touch with ShopRite and are looking to get a better understanding of what took place (Friday) night,’ East Haven Police said in a statement.
Authorities could conceivably charge Terrone with assault, since spitting is considered a form of assault.
At a minimum, she could faces a charge of breaching the peace.
Hamden School District released a statement saying: ‘We have become aware of video footage that appears to show an employee in our district engaged in abhorrent conduct.
‘Specifically, the video appears to show the employee repeatedly calling an African-American man the N-word in a supermarket in East Haven.
‘The video also appears to show the Hamden employee spitting at the aforementioned African-American male as he was walking away from the employee.
‘It also appears that the employee’s children witnessed her conduct.
‘Because her children were present, school administrators filed a DCF report.’
‘DCF’ stands for Department of Children and Families. A DCF report is filed whenever there is reason to suspect child abuse..