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Young Actors Jasmine Randle and Scott Baity, Jr. perform a rendition of "Joe Turner's Come and Gone"

Waterbury, Connecticut– A controversial play that uses the “N-word” will go on in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Last month, Supt. Dr. David Snead opposed the Waterbury Arts Magnet School performance of August Wilson’s play, ‘Joe Turner’s Come and Gone’ because of the derogatory term. He said the N-word should never be used because it’s highly offensive.

But students who attended a hearing on Wednesday night said they are mature enough to understand the context in which the word is being used.

“I don’t support the use of the N-word in a derogatory way but I stand behind this play 100 percent because it’s a time for youth to be educated,” student-actor Michelle Saunders said.

After listening to dozens of students for more than two and half hours at Wednesday night’s school board meeting, the board and Supt. Snead reached a compromise that would allow the play to go on, as long as educational discussions are held before and after they watch the play.


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