Teacher suspended for playing unedited 'Rack City' in class

Heather New suspended 5 days without pay

SANFORD, Fla. - A Seminole County teacher was suspended for playing rapper Tyga's explicit song "Rack City" in her classroom.

Heather New, 33, a high school reading teacher at Crooms Academy in Sanford, played the song during class, according to the school district.

The unedited version of "Rack City" is filled with curse words about sex and prostitutes.

"I would just like to assure everyone that I am very sorry that inappropriate music was played during my lesson. As soon as I realized it was inappropriate, I turned the music off," New said.  "Rack City was only played for 10 to 20 seconds.  I am looking forward to returning to the classroom and am sorry that my students missed out on many learning opportunities while I have been on leave."
Ron Pinnell, head of personnel for Seminole schools, said a teacher's aide filed a complaint. The complaint stated that New played the song during a game similar to musical chairs, while incorporating coursework into the game.

New was also accused of playing an unedited version of a Jay-Z song.

Pinnell said New, who's been teaching at the school since 2009, was suspended for five days without pay.

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